Infamous Eight Minutes

This poem was written last year, a few days after the murder of George Floyd. This poem is included in my chapbook “Inconsiderate Bastard”.

All proceeds from the books go to support Voting Rights and Match for Our Lives campaigns.

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My city is in tears. My city is in anguish.
You, whom we trust, betrayed us.
We tolerate, we talk, we pray.
What does continuous death convey?

Convinced, we see it in error.
Time after time we hit snooze
Wake up the next morning in terror.

My city is in the fume. My city is on fire 
trying to burn this dogged injustice.
Trying to break the persistent racial walls 
that overgrew with a seasoned mold. 

My city is in tears. My city is in rage.
The truth takes the stand, no more hiding! 
Its eye for an eye, its cheek to cheek 
Shoulder to shoulder, the nation in the fighting. 

Don’t be silent. Speak up! 
We need voices to hear us howling. 
Don’t be still, walk with us, 
till the heavens hear the storming. 

My city is in tears. My city is in pain. 
Infamous eight minutes engraved on the ground 
Justice and Freedom savagely detained 
Leaving cries, leaving weeps so profound. 

26 comments

  1. “George Floyd’s murder by a white police office
    was Cruel and Unusual Punishment in blatant violation
    of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution
    yet George Floyd was another black man out of thousands
    mundered by whites since Slavery to Reconstruction to Jim Crow Segregation to Affirmative Action
    to the present time and George Floyd’s munder echoed the famous motto:
    *Black Lives Matter* Yet George Floyd’s unfair death goes back to
    *The Institution of Slavery in America, and until “Reparsation for Slavery*
    is are reality then *Black Lives Matter* is an unreality!”

    By: Van Prince

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  2. “George Floyd’s murder by a white police office
    was Cruel and Unusual Punishment in blatant violation
    of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution
    yet George Floyd was another black man out of thousands
    mundered by whites since Slavery to Reconstruction to Jim Crow Segregation to Affirmative Action
    to the present time and George Floyd’s munder echoed the famous motto:
    *Black Lives Matter* Yet George Floyd’s unfair death goes back to
    *The Institution of Slavery in America, and until “Reparsation for Slavery*
    is are reality then *Black Lives Matter* is an unreality!”

    By: Van Prince

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  3. You captured what we are all feeling! The horror, the rage, the helplessness because those in charge are afraid to raise their voices. Some just do not care about anyone that does not look just like the image they see staring back at them from the mirror.

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    1. I too wrote an article about George Floyd, but my article as a black man from a black perspective was the truth from black expefrience from years of going through the black experienced in America different from a whites experiences in America, and whites shied away from my article that made most whites guilty to use George Floyd’s tragic muder by a white police officer as an exception when it was the rule greater than George Floyd, but George’s murder was the injustice to shine the light on how blacks had been mistreated in America for 500 years!!!!

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  4. Your poem speaks volumes, very deep and true. Keep on doing what you do. Pictures so vivid as if it was just yesterday this cruel injustice happened, but it will never be forgotten…as we all know this is branded in the hearts of all Americans around the world who saw this massacre. Just continue to speak what you are speaking. Those of us who write are listening. We need to remember we only have one life to live, but no one but God has the right to take it from us. Stay blessed. Stay safe. Keep writing. Peace.

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