Since my son Cliff has been better able to express his thoughts and feelings on the movement, I’m sharing his latest poem with the hope it sparks change, and provides inspiration to jump start my own writing.
We are each but one voice Screams into shielded faces Cascading chants Words calculated and calmly spoken into a lens scribbled typed stories poems Each but one voice Gaining power as it transforms into a chorus Attempts to silence I can’t breathe My eyes cannot forget A man’s death over loosie cigarettes I can’t breathe The glassy eyed stare at the onlookers A badge meant to protect and serve As he choked the life of a man Another father Another son I can’t breathe The words become louder The crowds rise like an ocean tide And somehow this feels different It has to be different A time for change Hands up, don’t shoot Bullets fly and pierce through flesh A crime to be in one’s own home When black Black voices that can fill your soundtracks Black hands that can catch your ball Black bodies in your uniforms Defending your freedoms But you won’t extend the same liberties Because of the color of their skin So one voice Becomes two Which makes way for more Until the voices of the unseen Unheard Drown out all others The noise All lives Respect the flag Simply veiled racism And now the cover has been lifted Exposing the wounds Hundreds of years of injustice For all to bear witness Voices in unison Black Lives Matter Black Lives Matter Black Lives Matter Repeated And Repeated Until the words sink in and are truly heard
Some things need to be spoken out loud and clear and boy has Cliff done an amazing job with this poem! What a wonderful cause to support! His voice is strong and bold through and through and I can tell he is growing up to be a righteous, kind and loving man. I’m glad I got to read this today. Congratulations L, this must make you so very proud! 😊🎊
Cliff is very insightful and talented. I just wish he didn’t have to navigate through such turbulent waters.
I can imagine your concern. But, I think he’ll come out of it a stronger man. Sending him my best for all future endeavors! 😊
We just always want our children to be happy and safe.