Today's poem is by Adrian Matejka

Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee is so small I didn't even
see him at first, surrounded
by Black Expo goers like a gumdrop
in a fist. When I asked him to sign
my "Free South Africa" t-shirt,
he said, You didn't buy that at this
booth. Fresh off seeing Do the Right
'Thing, I crowed: "What's that got

to do with your movies?" His fans
laughed, so he edited me like my name
was Pino: Why you care? You
ain't even black. Someone behind
me said, Damn, Spike. That ain't
right. But Spike's shamed scribble
on my t-shirt didn't change the missed
free throw feeling in my chest.

Copyright © 2009 Adrian Matejka All rights reserved
from Salt Hill Journal
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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