Mathematics

“It’s 5 dimensions, 6 senses/
7 firmaments of heaven and hell, 8 Million Stories to tell/
9 planets faithfully keep in orbit with the probable tenth/
The universe expands length/
The body of my text possess extra strength/
Power-lift the powerless up out of this towering inferno…”

“69 billion in the last 20 years/
Spent on national defense but folks still live in fear like/
Nearly half of America’s largest cities is one-quarter black/
That’s why they gave Ricky Ross all the crack…”

“40% of Americans own a cell phone/
So they can hear everything that you say when you ain’t home…”

“Stiffer stipulations attached to each sentence/
Budget cutbacks but increased police presence/
And even if you get out of prison still living/
Join the other 5 million under state supervision/
This is business: no faces, just lines and statistics/
From your phone, your zip code to S-S-I digits/
The system break man, child, and women into figures…”