Poem: Taking a Knee for George Floyd
By Umang Kumar
New York you fell with Eric Garner
never got your breath back
who knew the virus has lived
deep within you for so long
your green lungs are sick with it too
– what’s novel –
the virus chased Trayvon, claimed Tamir
got Freddie, extinguished Sandra –
it’s been all over the country already
what were you trying to outrun
Minneapolis has Philando’s blood
on its hands, remember
This is how it kills, George
like a knee on the neck
to crush you
– pestilence –
America you’ve been behind
masks and hoods far too long
underlying health conditions
coronary artery disease hypertensive heart disease
Lies like airborne viruses
the aerosol mist of white innocence
Who said the virus kills
irrespective of race or class
Umang Kumar is a writer based in Delhi NCR and believes in global solidarity.
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