You’re long long way from London

On a slow train through Africa

Poor little rich girl on a hedonist’s safari

Here to save the wretched heathens

With your arms and your aid

Your bible and your rifle

Building roads that pave over graves

Filled with the bones of humanity

With crucifix headstone set to reminds us

That colonialism is an Excalibur extremely

Thrust deep into the solar plexis

Snaking its way into the heart of hearts

It is an excruciatingly slow and painful bereavement

Socially engineered by the mighty monarchs of industry


Sanctioned by the un-saintly sages of western theocracy

Who believe in the almighty creed of greed

Dispatching a flock of robotic vulture to suck and devour

The bloody minerals of mother earth as a sacrament to

The unholy idol of global domination


They say the sun never sets

On the British empire

That was some yester years ago

Before the native grew restless

And tired of serving as a footstool

For a crown that never cared

For its subjects

Much less its servant/slaves

Today the lady can search far and wide

The country side and find neither

Horse, nor ass, nor dog to stomach

The stout weight of her fancy fat arse

Ring the alarm jack another union is dying

And this time God either can’t or won’t save her`




The Question (for Kiese Laymon)

so say you still

wanna know why would

i sing the blues

in these post post-modern

times where media illusionist weave phantom

tales of a completely colorblind

multi-cultural dream

sewn from the fleshy threads of

emmit till’s ghost

tie/died in the hallowed blood

of Trayvon Martin

i reply

in a land

so cold

so cruel


so far away

from the place of comfort

i call home

in a place where


i am






what else can I do

when I

(knowing who I am)

refuse to be a

good nigger

and die by my own hands

or worst yet



About the author:

Charlie R. Braxton is a poet, playwright and essayists from McComb Mississippi. He is the author of two volumes of verse, Ascension from the Ashes (Blackwood Press 1991) and Cinder’s Rekindled (Jawara Press 2013). His poetry has been published in various literary publications such as African American Review, The Minnesota Review, The Black Nation, Specter Magazine, Sepia Poetry Review and The San Fernando Poetry Journal