Driving while Black

Shopping while Black

Realities of being Black

So many profiling traps

Rarely felt in Oak Bluffs

Where Black has panache

Of pulsating rhythm

Like gospel and jazz

So many are known

Not by name but kinship

Forged by a history

Only they can claim

As Black venues multiply

With joyful revelry

Like Polar Bears swimming

Swirling in a socialization

Of an Inkwell oasis

Culturally full of anticipation

There’s worshiping too

In a Union Chapel pew

Culminating in renewal

Of body, mind and soul

For Blacks who are many

Not just a few

Who undoubtedly dread

When departure is due

Vacationing while Black.