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For George

Feelings from watching the video of his death

By Dana StewartPublished 2 years ago 1 min read
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For George
Photo by Robert Lukeman on Unsplash

Later this month will mark two years since the killing of George Floyd. Murder on livestream is an unbearable burden, an irrevocable memory to the end of a man's life. This poem was written after I watched the video.

This ain’t no dream,

Nightmare for a black man

I can’t breathe.

They say we all right

Don’t matter now

I can’t breathe.

One way street

Two fists of hate,

I can’t breathe.

Man says relax

I know I can’t

I can’t breathe.

Face first concrete

Twist of fury

I can’t breathe.

I’m invisible

Until I’m not

I can’t breathe.

I can’t breathe.

I can’t breathe.

I...can’t...

We can’t... breathe.

heartbreak
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Dana Stewart

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  • Kristen Balyeat10 months ago

    Phew. This was truly disturbing to re-live, but you wrote it so well, Dana, and it should never be forgotten. The end was incredibly powerful.

  • Lamar Wiggins10 months ago

    Wow! This brought the haunting image right back. And rightfully so. This senseless act should never be forgotten. I'm glad Paul shared this. Thank you.

  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨10 months ago

    Powerful 😳

  • George Floyd & the "Black Lives Matter" movement are the reason I'm no longer welcome preaching at three congregations in the area. (Okay, it's not their fault specifically, it's that I had the audacity to say on Sunday morning from the pulpit that Black lives really do matter, not only but also.) In fairness to the congregations, most of the people were very appreciative of my remarks & horrified by the reaction of a very few. But in rural congregations, most can't afford to offend even a few, especially if they wield a lot of money. This was incredibly powerful, Dana. Thanks for sharing it with us. You have left me breathless--in honor of George & so many others.

  • Paul Stewart10 months ago

    This is so very heartbreaking, I love and hate how raw it is, if that makes sense. Also meant to comment on this before including it in my piece. I'm acting like a novice this week clearly lol! Anyway, beautifully done!

  • Dana Crandell10 months ago

    I'd missed this one. Very rightly disturbing, Dana. Well done.

  • Tiffany Gordon 10 months ago

    Profound & powerful! Well done!

  • Grz Colm10 months ago

    😞

  • ❤️💯💥Loudly Written📝😉❗

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    Wow. That's powerful.

  • C. H. Richardabout a year ago

    I can't believe I haven't read this one before. Absolutely took my breath away ❤️ This line "I'm invisible, Until I'm not" - Wow. Great job

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