In Baltimore this week,
everyone needs to listen to their parents
and be home by 10.
It makes me feel like I’m ten again,
having to hurry home
so that my parents won’t worry,
or become angry at me
and punish me with a hefty fine
Can you imagine having a curfew now,
the adult you, adhering to a curfew?
I think of the business lost
and the opportunities lost
as military men and women
walk around with semi-automatic rifles,
and police in riot gear hold the line
making sure the streets are empty
like they told us they had to be.
What happened world?
What art has slipped away from us
as singers’ lips fall silent
and musicians hands lie idle
at home, in bed,
indoors before 10?
Which dancers have suffered
with muscled legs begging to move
which actors have uttered
their memorized lines to the wall
with no one to hear at all
wishing to be in the theater on stage
without a curfew imposed no matter what your age?
What would you do,
With such a curfew?