Saturday, November 7, 2015

Birmingham, 1963

Four Girls Jubilee
Bobby Frank Cherry
didn't hide. His hatred 
danced in a white robe 
at the 16th St. Baptist Church.

Four counts of murder:
Denise, Cynthia, Carole, Addie Mae.

Sometimes he was teary
then checked himself,
At least they can't grow up
to have more n-----s 

Bobby Frank installed the bomb
beneath the stairwell, returned
the next day, lit the fuse, regretted
doing it then instead of later

when the church
would have been full.

Found poem by Mary Bast from "The Ghosts of Alabama," Newsweek, 5/26/02 and other news articles.

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