BLACK LIVES MATTER

Out on the streets
Part of the crowd
The shouting, the threats
The noise is so loud!

Bullet proof vests
Helmets and clubs
Smoke bombs and pellets
They’re calling us, “thugs”.

Carrying flags
Carrying signs
Marching for justice
Standing in line.

Police spraying gas
Random, unhinged
Can’t stop the conflict
The panic begins.

The right to assemble
To protest and gather
To speak out for justice
Has brought us together.

The loss of life
The dirt on their sleeves
They stood there and watched
When George could not breathe.

Protect and Serve
Not kill and destroy
Unarmed black men
And defenseless young boys.

We march for justice

It’s crystal clear

The time for change

Has come……it’s here.

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Photo by Google Images: npr.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Photo from Google Images: npr.org

Author: Patty Richardson

Writer: Film scripts, poetry, short stories.

10 thoughts on “BLACK LIVES MATTER”

  1. Beautifully written, Patty!!🌸 It is high time that every human being realises that each life matters! Raising a voice in solidarity is the need of the hour. We need to stand against injustice, now more than ever!

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  2. Your poem is both beautiful and encouraging at the end – that the time has come. I’m sorry it took so much pain and killing for us to get here at the beginning of what I hope will be a better future. I hope we can learn.

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  3. Great prose! Very telling and beautifully articulated. Discussing racial issues is tricky because it is such a sensitive subject and it is very polarized, still, I decided to write about it and throw my 5 cents into the mix. I wrote an article recently titled “Unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness looking back at history and where it all started https://authorjoannereed.net/rights-of-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness/. Feel free to check it out.

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