in the present or of the future
may be literal and not so.

You are caged in chains
in an alien world,
new language and customs.

Forced to be with a mate
that speaks another dialect
just to produce babies,

to increase the supply
of colored people, called slaves
for the white Master’s profit.

Not so,
You say ‘that was years ago’.
“I had nothing to do with that.’
Even as our Mr. Trump leader
lives in the house slaves built.

‘We have profited from their labor
to live in style through the years.’
‘Now they want to take what’s ours.’
‘It’s time to turn the clock back.’

Fear of the future is here now.
It’s called ‘the browning of America’.
Once brown, there’s no turning around.
‘Keep them out.’