Blue on black

Blue on black. again and yet again
the airways blocked will be his bane,
can rubber bullets pause our pain?

The blue had knelt but never prayed
the black had prayed but had to pay,
how can teargas make us less afraid?

We need to say his name, George Floyd
forget the knee of hate and fill the void
with love, for rich and unemployed.

For Grace at dVerse, today it’s dVerse OLN. I also write this for Frank’s triplets that I missed.

June 11, 2020

21 responses to “Blue on black

  1. Good one, B. I just read a woman’s poem, it was a Shadorma. I told her she reminded me of you, writing all manner of forms of poetry that I have never heard of.

  2. Excellent post, Bjorn. I truly believe in the words of George Floyd’s 9-year old daughter: “My daddy changed the world!” But how very sad to lose his life in the process. We are in the midst of a paradigm shift and real change is finally occurring.

  3. The triplet form is perfect for your punchy protest poem, Björn. I never liked that ‘taking the knee’ thing, it’s so passive-aggressive. It is so sad and unnecessary that it takes a death to open people’s eyes.

  4. This is such a poignant tribute, Bjorn! Brilliant execution of the form as well 💝

  5. I love the form and powerful message Bjorn. Specially the last stanza:

    We need to say his name, George Floyd
    forget the knee of hate and fill the void
    with love, for rich and unemployed.

  6. May George Floyd’s shocking death be the catalyst that at last brings about an end to such injustice. Gripping write, Bjorn.

  7. kaykuala

    The blue had knelt but never prayed
    the black had prayed but had to pay,
    how can teargas make us less afraid?

    The voice of those at the receiving end will defiantly overcome all the difficulties and obstacles

    Hank

  8. The world is black and blue. I especially like the middle stanza.

    Our collective knees are bruised
    from the wear of prayer and protest
    Sometimes we are called to stand…
    …Sometimes we are called
    to put down the unbearable
    to carry an innocent
    and claim their right
    to breathe

  9. George Floyd’s name will never be forgotten now. Let’s hope his senseless, violent death leads to real change across the globe.

    • Hello, I have had cut down a bit on my blogging… time seems to pass so quickly and I work so hard at work so I have stopped writing during the weekends… so at the moment I keep myself mostly at dVerse. I think this is how I see my librarian, only a bit more of a recluse. I like that people came to him I think my librarian would love visitors.

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