With tears I say goodbye
Though I do not know your pain,
Nor the pain of your ancestors
Inflicted at the hands of those that look like me.
When I look in the mirror
I am not proud,
I am not proud of our past,
Not proud of of our inhumanity,
Not proud of the picture our hands are painting.
With a broad brush,
We paint in your blood,
Red and warm as mine
Though left to dry cold in the streets.
We stand around,
As if awaiting applause,
While your spirit fades,
Showing just how little we care.
I know this is not me,
Though I know you can’t see it;
And that these words are just words
Unable to bring you back from the dead.
Your family grieves,
But their grief is overshadowed,
Trampled down under the weight of constant diversions
Portraying you as something less than human.
Yet none of this matters!
Injustice cannot hide forever
Behind an iron blue citadel
Mortared with lies, racism and hatred.
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~
AUTHORS NOTE: I was not going to write another piece about the tragedy in Ferguson Missouri today, but I find Michael Browns’s death so troubling that I couldn’t help myself. His death in my eyes shows that racism still runs rampant in this country though many of us would prefer not to admit it. For those that would like to pretend this never happened, I think it is time you opened your eyes. Explain to me how being stopped for jaywalking could escalate to the point where a young man is shot six times and killed, then left alone in the street for so long. This is completely beyond my comprehension.
I feel the same, but I haven’t been able to write about it as I start crying and feel the burden of the ancestors so strongly! Very good piece!
Thank you my friend, I just couldn’t help writing another piece about this.
It is beyond my comprehension also. Thank you for writing this! It is beautiful!
Thank you Shelby, I just wish to god that this never was a topic to be written about.
I don’t understand either, Dom. 😦
…And we probably never will. 😦
this post has touched my heart, your words powerful that speaks about a very say moment, I have no answer.
I so glad, it is such a tragic and unnecessary event that hopefully will touch enough people to affect some change for the better in this country.