Checking Out the Green Book

The book that became a movie (eighty years later)

In the library of our culture
a volume’s been withdrawn.
It’s a green book that was checked out far too much.
Why it wasn’t banned’s a mystery.
This non-fiction’s history.
It was bound to be a racist person’s crutch.

Now the Green Book is a movie.
It’s a film you ought to see.
In black and white we’re shown as in a mirror.
Some will blush with bright red faces
while still others will feel blue
for the ugliness of prejudice is clear.