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They Will Kill You

Copyright 2012 by Ewuare X. Osayande

 

they will kill you

and say I’m sorry

and expect your mother to

forgive and forget

she ever gave birth to you

carried you in love for nine months

endured labor

and pushed you out with God’s might moving in her hips

ever fed you life from her bosom

or how you smelled like heaven after she washed you

that she ever watched you take your first steps

speak your first words

ever tucking you into bed with stories that rocked you to sleep

the many nights she prayed for your protection

or how excited she was the day you gave your first recital

that she ever taught you to be good and kind

ever beamed with pride

whenever you got an A on your test

that she ever wanted the best in this world for you

 

they will kill you

and say I’m sorry

and expect your father to forgive and forget

ever holding your tiny body in his hands for the first time

and looking into your eyes and seeing eternity

ever teaching you how to ride a bike

or the many nights he helped you do your homework

how he worked hard to make your life easier

or playing catch with you in the backyard

or the life-lessons he recited to you over the rhythm of hair clippers

ever scolding you with stern words and reassuring hugs

ever kissing your cheeks

or how he was there week after week cheering you on from the stands

how he dreamed that you’d graduate high school

go to college

fall in love

and that he ever wanted this world to love you too

 

they will kill you

and say I am sorry

and expect your mother and father

to forgive and forget

the day they learned of your fate

when the ground collapsed beneath them

and the earth swallowed their hopes and tears

as it did your blood

 

they will kill you

and say I am sorry

and expect your mother and father

to forgive and forget

that you ever existed

 

that you ever existed

 

they will shoot you

and pin you down in the pool of your own blood

suffocate you in the torture of your screams

and watch you die

 

they will leave you rotting in the morgue

as your parents lose sleep and hair

wondering where you are

on a trip down the block to buy some skittles and iced tea

 

they will douse your memory in the gas of gossip

and burn your body in the effigy of lies and race hate

 

they will tie you to blog posts and whip your image

til it is twisted and distorted

unrecognizable to the ones who loved you first

 

they will kill you

and raise money from the dead

body that was you

 

they will kill you

and expect us

to forgive and

forget.

 

Ewuare X. Osayande is a poet and political activist. The author of several books, his latest is entitled Whose America? .

 

Permanent link to this article: http://osayande.org/2012/05/they-will-shoot-you/

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