I wonder what one has to do
to become an “American interest”

Something vital
which needs protection

What does a Black man
in this country
have to do to become
something vital to America
so that America would take an interest in him

What must I
a Black Faggot
to become
a vital interest
a vital American interest
that needs protection

What must
PWA’s, Women, Senior Citizens,
Lesbians, Working Poor, Adults who need help with their
reading, Men/Women/Children/Families in the streets or hungry,
Asians, Native Americans, Latins, Arab-Americans
to become vital to America
to be of interest
to be a vital American interest

which needs protection
you know
like oil in the Persian Gulf