Lynching Version 2.0

 

Knee on my neck a modern noose

Passive bystanders watching, recording, ignoring

 

Dignity cracked to pieces; faded fast into the trees

Pressed hard; viciously like my cheek in the pavement

Tears evaporated

Breath dissipated

Until breath was no more

A divine expansion

 

Spirit flown into the arms of my mother

Her name trembling against my thick brown lips

Politics

Heaven, stained glass, church bells, sirens

Death

 

Protest

Riots

Fire

Love

 

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1 Comment

  1. Laura Sturza on July 21, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Wow Ebony, thank you for this beautiful writing.

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