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To Take the Knee

by Brian Francis


A man laid out on hot tarmacadam
Bound and tied cursed and blamed
Held down, a weight upon his neck
his pleading cries to beg for breath

“The man” his knee of domination
Symbolic of a nation’s shame
Unchanging truths, hidden privilege
A cast below that just goes un-named

People rant, and rage, in their clusters
Gather to watch the moment unfold
Silenced twitching life fading ebbing
One more negro dead on the ground

The tide of anger tears and frustration
Seeing unity, form of a disparate crowd
To march as taught by long lost heroes
To rise and gather to force some change

Ignorance held, the highest pulpit
Counter logic and thoughts untamed
Power claimed to end the struggle
Rebutted in the people’s name

Now is the time to drive out the demons
Those people who just refuse to accept
Equality as the rule of our nation
Needs to finally be the law of the lands

06/02/2020

Posted on 06/02/2020
Copyright © 2020 Brian Francis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Laura Doom on 06/03/20 at 10:41 AM

That legislation should be required for this to be 'respected' says a lot about human nature.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/10/20 at 05:08 AM

You've condensed this event and aftermath well here. Will the noise and marches result in changes? One can hope.

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