GEORGE FLOYD, OUR HEARTS STILL WEAR YOUR TEARS (2021)
George Floyd, one year Yet, it feels like today A knee in your neck Left you breathless A picture unforgettable “I can’t breathe” Can’t be unheard Mama That word Touched our souls Cried with you then Today our hearts Still wear your tears Always remembered Never forgotten Rest In Power My brother BLM "WHEN I PLACE MY HAND IN MY POCKET" Now, when I place my hand in my pocket I see the horrific picture of a knee in George Floyd’s neck Now, when I place my hand in my pocket I hear the words ‘I can’t breathe’ Now, when I place my hand in my pocket My mind is flooded with the inerasable picture of the cold Evil and cruel death of my brother Now, when I place my hand in my pocket I can’t say I’ve never seen a man take his last breath Now, when I place my hand in my pocket I see the murder of all my black brothers and sisters Who are dead because of the color of their skin Now, when I place my hand in my pocket I am angry and I am sad I’m overwhelmed and I am mad Because for too long we have suffered at the minds And hands of hate, cruelty and injustice And for too long, too much blood has been shed Too many bodies have been buried Too much heartbreak have been endured Too many mothers, too families have suffered Now when I place my hand in my pocket I feel no contentment, no peace, no comfort, and I cry Because now when I place my hands in my pocket I see George Floyd a face my mind can’t erase And I hear the words I can’t unheard “please! I can’t breathe” So now, I no longer place my hands in my pocket Bio: Twitter: EmpressIjah2 Ava Tenn is a Poet and Freelance Writer. She believes that poetry can penetrate your heart and speak to your soul and with its balm it can change the world. She has had publications in the Toronto Sun, Good News Toronto and Planet Africa magazine. She enjoys learning, reading, dancing and helping people. Ava believes in prayer, peace and unity and creating awareness through words that inspires and motivates. When she is not writing poetry and articles, she’s writing songs wishing she could sing. She resides in Toronto where she is currently working on her manuscript.