Moment of Silence
Moment of silence for the loves lost
at the hands of a woman
the hands of a man
who took it upon themselves to play God.
After the year and some change
of virus related loss,
pain and anguish ripping through families
leaving whole cities, states, countries and continents
frozen in fear, burdened and oppressed by sorrow
you have the audacity to take a knee on a neck
“mistake” your gun for a taser, even after
much training, even after releasing the safety
even after raising to aim and pulling the trigger
Don’t insult my intellect.
you have the nerve to murder at a traffic stop
pepper spray a uniformed soldier
assault your neighbor because you
can’t possibly believe that this black beautiful being
shares the same space and air as you.
The audacity. The gall. The fuckin nerve of you.
Moment of silence for the loves lost.
Moment of gratitude for the lives spared.
Peace, love and healing to those suffering from the trauma inflicted on us as loved ones, bystanders and witnesses.
Moment of silence because I’m tired of talking when I’m enraged and disgusted
because it’s a broken system and “reform” and “repair” aren’t enough for these discussions
since these systems are doing what they were created to do
and that was never to provide liberty and justice for all
when the men writing it saw my people as
property, savages, and less than a man.
Moment of silence because
folks are getting tired of this shit
and things go from talking to violence.
I’ll observe this moment of silence.