and, Michigan

Our country is drenched in oil

and your body is

                           Flint–

has rubbed together

all the dry books you read.

                           You learned nothing

                            about how polluted

                            friendly people can be

like too much lead in water.

-Sagirah Shahid

Sagirah Shahid is a Minneapolis, MN based poet. She wrote this poem in response to the alarming amounts of lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan. In addition to drinking poisonous water, residents are also seeing a hike in Shigella infections. Don’t allow these injustices to be ignored or forgotten by our nation, raise your voice for Flint—demand accountability.