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THE INVASION OF PUBLIC HOUSING

Christensen Low

 

This poem is in response to the 1994 proposal by Congress to make tenants of public housing sign a statement on their lease that allows police to search their homes without a warrant for suspected possession of guns and/or drugs.

            We could see the difference in the dark

            As the      white sun       came pouring through our door

            Forcing itself into our world

            They had come to pillage and to rape our sanctuary

            As we stayed huddled in defiance

            With only our mind as our weapon