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Picked In Their Prime

Blessed to be a sweet globe of purple

Another brushstroke to the world’s canvas – waiting to reach my potential

I’ve spent joyful summers and winters

Surrounded by many brothers and sisters 

Emerald foliage sheltered us from the scorching sun 

We are nature’s children.

A white hand – brutish and battered

Reached up – the art of death mastered

Intense pressure starting at my sides cascaded all over me, the assault was relentless – 

8 minutes 46 seconds.

As life surged back into me, the hand grasped it’s next victim

Black oppression, White domination.

Pick.

Aiyana Stanley-Jones

Pick.

Rekia Boyd

Pick.

Michael Brown Jr.

Pick.

Tamir Rice

Pick.

Elijah McClain

Pick.

Ahmaud Arbery

Pick.

Breonna Taylor

Pick.

Xzavier Hill

Pick. Pick. Pick. Pick. Pick. Pick.

Everyday consists of modern-day lynching

Crying out for God’s intervention

My brothers and sisters have been picked in their prime

As for me, it’s only a matter of time…

1 thought on “Picked In Their Prime

  1. This is so bittersweet! Extremely well written, thought-provoking and heartbreaking. Yet inspiring to me to do something better and take any little action I can to spread awareness for this problem. Lovely poem Philisha! Am excited to hear more from you!

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