Today

 

today, bitter unlearned sweat glistened

from hard temples coated in hurt and frustration

black, blue and red marker covered signs that said:

Black Lives Matter, Justice For George, We All Bleed The Same

 

speak to the distress we feel

the agony we see everyday and on TV

the inequity we swallow like chalky pills

the medicine they say, will make us better

but leave us ill

 

we turn a blind eye

till our neighbors dilemmas knock on our door

acknowledge the disfigurement of your brother in arms

and sin no more

 

take a stand against

false promises, injustice and coverups

invest in humanity’s gain

how can you be a citizen of a free country

when you ignore people in pain

 

tear gas can’t resolve truth stricken eyes

no visine can take the pink away

we believed in the obligation of officials

beholden by our tax dollars to rule over the multitude

following proclamations on blood soaked tablets

feeding frosted hatred to instinctive masses

 

come again…

with the truth in hand and correction afoot

come again…

with laws to protect those in need of protection

come again…

with more than broken promises made on the campaign trail

come again… so tomorrow will hold better gestures

than the soreness we experienced…

 

today, bitter unlearned sweat glistened

from hard temples coated in hurt and frustration

black, blue and red marker covered signs that said:

Black Lives Matter, Justice For George, We All Bleed The Same

 

 

 

© 2020 by Esha Montgomery

Photo by Burak K on Pexels.com

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