Mingus via P. D. Allen

I saw them take the musician away.
    I saw it on TV,
in black and white.  The police fed him
    to the backseat of their car.
His crime: being a black artist
    in a white society.
This man who shared such soulful sounds
    as are by mortals rarely heard.
Mozart and Bach roll in their graves;
    a bird is caged.

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(From the SSC Archives; Originally posted on 20th March 2010)