Thankful today for the verdict of this week, but there is work to be done.
Time to end this grip on hate
True justice can come
When people like Ahmaud can
Move through the world peacefully
~A found tanka by ACLU’s Instagram post
Today’s round up is by Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town. What a treasure chest of poetry goodness she has given us today. Do stop by!
“Blah, blah, blah,”
he spoke incessantly,
As I sat in the doctor’s waiting room,
I wasn’t hearing the audio as
I watched the recorded “highlights”
of the testimony.
I thought tears
would flow anytime as
I began thinking of that
other trial last week,
with those infamous tears.
The chyron below gave me
some of his words:
‘This was a life-or-death situation.'”
I remembered the video evidence,
submitted by one of the murderers–
Three men against one,
three aggressors against one victim,
two vehicles against two shoes,
two guns against none,
three against one,
white against black.
Ahmaud Arbery was an unarmed jogger
just hoping for a country
his right to live.
I wrote about Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers in September 2020 here in “Say His Name–Ahmaud Arbery,” the third poem on that post.
Today is Poetry Friday. Thank you to Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink. Her post today is filled with beautiful autumn verses and photos: “Unveiling of Bedecked in Autumn Gallery“.