Honored sir, we recognize your service
at the Pittsburgh Courier these past years.
Your latest words have made us very nervous,
although we used to love your wit that pierced
those worthy of contempt, your tongue has steeled
too far this time: You shouldn’t disrespect
Dr. Martin Luther King’s ideals
with all your talk about how he infects
the United States as a typhoidal strain.
We know you’ve talents no other column writer
since Mencken had to shift against the grain,
but you’ve become to us an ill-timed griper.
His hope for social strife was mixing up,
. . . as a white ewe by a black ram is tupped.