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Prayer (Song) for Magic

Second-place 2015 Poetry Contest Winner

Prayer (Song) for Magic

17-year-old Trayvon Martin fatally shot by 28-year-old George Zimmerman
17-year-old Jordan Davis fatally shot by 45-year-old Michael Dunn
18-year-old Michael Brown fatally shot by 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson
12-year-old Tamir Rice fatally shot by 26-year-old police officer Timothy Loehmann

white men with magnums
make black children phantoms,
I’m singing anthems
praying to freeze handguns,
I don’t have powers
but I produce poems
that ask if my children
can make all the cannons

[Chorus] (x4)
oh heavenly father
give us all your magic
give us every spell
you can lend

we have your good book
now we need your spell book
the bible can’t battle a bullet

A hundred years ago they used to put on a white sheet and use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they have taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms and traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they’re still doing the same thing.”
Malcolm X


As a child, Sean Avery was a military brat who thought he was a Power Ranger and kicked his grandma (but that’s a story for another time). Today, Avery is a rapper, poet, First Wave Scholar (look it up), and senior studying English Creative Writing at the University of Madison–Wisconsin, by way of the Sun (b.k.a.

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