Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1998)


Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1998) Michael Apted directs Walter Mosley’s adaptation of his own novel, with Laurence Fishburne as Socrates Fortlow, an ex-con convicted for murder, who wants to set his life straight in Watts.


One day at a time, picking up cans

For recycled change, a recycled con

Looking for any job he could count on.


One day like another, nobody knows

Past being black how remorse grows

Stenches from poverty row.


One day at a time, grab some kid off the block

For strangling a rooster, and knock


Gang-banging out of his walk.

Then one day a good friend’s wife

Shows up at the door, touches your life,


But you better know you no a thief.

Never turn any black into the police:

If a crackhead dealer needs to cease.

Chase him with a knife to keep the peace.

Time is the cancer of love and makes

The tribal elder spasm and shake;


Helping him die is pure heartbreak.

To be a man, you have to gut the rage

Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize 'White' Doesn't Exist. Click to listen
Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize ‘White’ Doesn’t Exist. Click to listen.

And claw from the struggle a respectful wage

One day at a time, whole world in a cage.


To be a hero, you must set things right,

No matter the cost to you; contrite,

Take who fed you well out to eat one night.

[Disposable Poem July 17, 2016]

Dr. Mike











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