Poem: When you Kill Us

Three images of young black people killed in 2020. Breonna Taylor was shot in her home during a police raid. Steven Taylor was shot by police in a Walmart while having a mental health episode. Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while running.

When you kill Us,
Our bodies rejoin
Mama Earth, blood-soaked
and battle-worn. She rages
for her lost children, lamenting
how We have returned to Her.

When you kill Us,
Our spirits become sparks
Igniting against pavement,
lighting Fires in the hearts of
all whose Power is forged
in the fallout of
cowardice on parade.

When you kill Us,
We turn out and turn up.
As crows do when mourning
Fallen comrades, we
fill the skies with blackness
and cries for Justice.

When you kill Us,
We do not die. We are
Reborn as Legends,
the making of your Nightmares.

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