Two Poems for National Poetry Month

Two Poems for National Poetry Month

A Small Needful Fact

by Ross Gay

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.


Quatrain for George Floyd       

by Shane McCrae

First just            day in America again

I don’t feel                 happy, don’t feel satisfied

Who tomorrow will convict the men

Who killed him countless times before he died