and summer dies too soon

and summer dies too soon

A Poem by Shirlena
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for Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Kaijeme Powell, Dante Parker and Micheal Brown, all unarmed black men killed so unnecessarily this August 2014.

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and this was a summer  shudders repeating
not like the resonating figurative silent
wave good bye behind winged v formations
escaping to their havens before autumn

no

this summer died too soon
my brotha's still the "trouble man"
Marvin Gaye song  I wish you were wrong
this isn't the civil right's span...are is it
always for a black man...black  got a bulls eye  on it's back
riding to be shot down

don't you inquire don't you look at him straight
don't you stand up to me unafraid...like you can
or there is a smoking from the body a geyser
family tracing crimson down the road
wishing the death nell was all dream...never heard
raised hands universalizing, "I am unarmed don't shoot"
before August concludes another brown male black history

humidity fails to reproduce a fallen warrior

hence a summer incomplete without him
breathing second contributions

into the day

brotha can't escape... quintessential trouble man


who shouldn't walk down a street



© 2014 Shirlena



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People forget. I lived in downtown Detroit during the riots. Took great violence to change our world.
"this summer died too soon
my brotha's still the "trouble man"
Marvin Gaye song I wish you were wrong
this isn't the civil right's span...are is it
always for a black man...black got a bulls eye on it's back
riding to be shot down"
I remember as a child. Hot Summer make Detroit dangerous. I believe the world had fell backward. Love and respect left behind and men in power. Need separation and anger. Every life had value and if we don't demand change. We are heading to a bad place. Thank you dear Poet for sharing the powerful poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


Shirlena

12 Months Ago

...and I wrote this in 2014 but for black people, these continue to be fierce times. Thank you for r.. read more
Coyote Poetry

11 Months Ago

Time had change for the worst. New world and Government are blind to the poor. Old dad told me. Edu.. read more
if this doesn't hit with the weight of a world of lifetimes, nothing will.

Posted 3 Years Ago



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