Moving Scared from the White Hood

by Brian Jones

Added 6 July 2000

This poem was inspired by a Klu Klux Klan hood on display at the Maryland Heritage Museum.

The eyeholes are feared and fearful.
A whole clan of horrors thrust out
from the darkened attic
where that atrocious attire was found.

Restless, nervous, disgusted.
These are my emotions.

A part of the white muslin
is open and free to touch,
not caged by glass.
I could touch it,
but I can't.

It holds too much power,
contains too much evil.
So I dance around it fearing
to present it with
a stationary target.

Without thinking about it
my pacing semi-circle around the Hate
grows to great distance.
Even from here I can see the eyes
and what they once saw.

It's like I am him,
little and loathing.
Shit! To be him!
. . . I could scarcely be worse.
If my head were to make
that flattened cap
fill up with a face,
if its withered form
once more inflated . . .
such horror would spread!

The careless folds ensure
that those holes constantly
focus upon me.
Where ever I wander,
I glance and they pierce me.

I could touch the hood
if I wanted, probe it with this pen.
But I don't.
And I don't.
And I don't.
I get close and
have to back away.

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