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Civil Rights Poetry - The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones

What of Sidney P. & Tony C.,
The Defiant Ones?

Gritty 60s flick, this unlikely pair,
convicts from a chain gang on a risky dare.
One man black, one man white
launched into a get away even though restrained,
to each other chained.

Targeted by thuggish pricks,
bloodthirsty lawmen.
Running off, unable to undo unwieldy chains.
Just one step from hostile guns
aiming to blow out their brains,

What of Sidney P. & Tony C.,
The Defiant Ones?

Into swamps & bayous
running out of time,
a posse close behind
out there just to gun them down!

Scuffling over skin complexion,
this pair learns to thrive.
In desperate gits from evil
they manage to survive,
gutsy and determined,
braving existential threats …

This amazing film addressed
what today is still not done,
how recurring social problems
keep so many on the run.
Poignant pointing bias up,
Hollywood’s dramatic drum.

Thrust of Sidney P. & Tony C.,
The Defiant Ones.

  

© 2017 by Kelsey Wilder