Defeated and detained;
His cries for mercy mercilessly ignored.
What warrant had they
To choke a life into lifelessness.
Was it out of hate and fear
Or is being black in America a crime.
We have not come so far as we’d like to believe,
Reliving the violence of Selma over and over again.
The wounds have been reopened,
Bleeding from what long ago scarred.
But there was no healing,
Just poison bubbling beneath the surface.
Erupting, toxins asphyxiating,
Pleas of “I can’t breathe”, echoed ‘til silent.
Guilt determined before innocence,
At the knee of those sworn to protect.
Judge, jury and executioner,
Hiding behind a badge.
Will there be any justice?
A question asked many times before,
Or will George Floyd be forgotten
‘Til the next autopsy?