Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

Dying While Black

Lola Flash, Baltimore

Image Credit: Lola Flash, Baltimore, (from the Quartet series), 2010, 40 x 30. Courtesy of the author.

(Mourning Breonna Taylor’s Demise)

Life’s sacred trust shatters,
night’s peace extinguished,
vitality’s hope destroyed:
error blameless, intolerance
swarming dereliction’s hatred,
each time and place like every place
and time vacancy’s insidious bloat
slaughters life, devastation’s purpose
fulfilled, human love wasted,
sentient feeling stilled, power’s
grotesque fantasy, self-appointed
horror snuffing what it wishes
gone, ruin triumphant.
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