The Speasters Past and The American Caste

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The Speasters?

How could we figure out just what this new street moniker means?

Bestowed by our darker-skinned friend David McKinney

Growing up together on 20th Street in New York City’s Astoria Queens

Bequeathed to us due to the fact we could really move our keesters!

Our dreams of one day being baseball players for the New York Yankees!

Enhanced intuitively the few times we had spent at the costly Yankee Stadium bleachers

As Identical Twins we had always created something of a unique social stir

Enduring youth competition we had ever aspired to being

A now-you-see-me now-you-don’t speedy blur!

All manner of children fervently played in our daily ritual of Astorian street fair:



Kick The Can

Catch-One-Catch All

Acorn Fights

Two-Hand Touch Football

Kill The Carrier




Box Ball



Roller Hockey



Baseball Trading Cards

Halloween Egg-Throwing!

Were games contested if you dared!

Losers were met with The Look!

That can only be explained as austere

Bragging rights were the ultimate community prize

The creme de la creme!

For our individual courtyard lairs!

Before the night’s sleep

We would keep

To our next days

Victorious prayers

Everyone and I do mean everyone!

Availed to never end up in Booties Up!

The humiliating predicament for kids who did not win The Victory Cup!

Having a rubber spaldeen ball thrown at your inert backside is more scary than it is rough!

The childish connotation human being in this World you gotta be tough!

As separate racial and national packs

We all mingled with each other in the urban jungle

Whooping it up as the winners of competition!

Learning life lessons at opportunities bungled

Through it all not realizing

Growing up together can go quite fast

And the utter importance and dissonance

To treat well!

Respect Others!

For we are all travelers on this planetary Soul Craft

Mere child components

Transformed to adult

Racialized and Nationalized opponents

Of the American experiment caste

Respect Unto Others!

Especially our American Indian

Black and Brown

Sisters and Brothers

Never Forget The Past!

Let us build a bridge

For all to comfortably live!

Out with the trash!

History reveals the mysteries

 Endemic even in a pandemic

Of United States Society

And the American Social Class Caste


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