Ronnie Goodman’s Short Life

Photo of artwork by Ronnie Goodman taken by Lisbit Bailey.

 

He died age 60
August 7 2020
on the hard bricks
at Capp and 16th
in a homemade home
of paper, plastic and pylons
What were Goodman’s chances
in this capitalist nation?
Born Black in the United States
heir to racism, poverty, addiction
In prison, he became literate
a runner, he led the San Quentin Marathon
around a quarter mile track in the yard
an artist, he gave his emotions expression
Goodman survived
true to his heart
a person of integrity
he lived for his art
—Lisbit Bailey

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