and as he crumples even more underneath,
the world finally hears him screaming,
screaming for help,
screaming that he cannot breathe.
a crow sways gently off the tree, accompanied by a heavy raindrop from the sky he touches the ground and lies there all alone until a certain white boot steps on him, crushing him into pieces. almost. the crystalline drop of water spreads across, polishing his mixed shade. a shade that rests somewhere between gray and black somewhere between life and death. and as he crumples even more underneath, the world finally hears him screaming, screaming for help screaming that he cannot breathe. nevertheless, the white boot steps forward and leaves, but the muffled cries of the bird remain. for they echo across town as he exhales one last time and that one heavy raindrop, breaks into rain. nearby birds that have grown wingless over time, whisper within themselves, ‘another was murdered today.’ yet this time, a storm begins to erupt and slowly the beaked creatures realize that as long as the white boot is a power hungry predator black birds will always be its prey. and so, they gather to shield the lifeless crow, righteously grieving the loss of many more than the world will ever care to know. and as the sky cries out louder than it ever has, they flap their wings and caw in sync, for it’s finally time to bid farewell to their 400 year long caged winter, and to end the await of a relieving spring it’s time to lift the white boot from their throats, so that the weeping black birds can finally sing.
here, the lifeless crow symbolizes the death of george floyd. // the following are a few references that i made in the poem:
i. ‘somewhere between life and death’ – this is to highlight the fact that he didn’t die at once, but that he lay there pleading and screaming for a deafening 5-10 minutes.
ii. ‘echo across town’ – his murder sparked several questions against the racism that is still extremely prevalent in today’s world.
iii. ‘a storm begins to erupt’ – several protests took place despite the presence of an ongoing pandemic. instead of light rain/complaints, people were enraged and expressed their support through petitions, donations and much more.
iv. ‘400 year long caged winter’ – it has been 400 years since the establishment of slavery in the United States of America//