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The Cruel Knee

The cruel knee
Of bigotry and blindness
Crushed the breath out of him
On the coldness of the street
In 8 minutes, 46 seconds
As the crowd called for life
The hands-in-pocket indifference
Prevailed
hearing George Floyd
Plead for his breath
Plead for his dreams
Plead for his life
Still the uniformed predator
Lorded In casual dominance
Over his apprehended prey
A dominance firmly rooted
In the colonial kingdom
Of the white plantation
Known as America.

Stephen Longfellow Fiske

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