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“they spoke for him (for george floyd)” by Brian Gilmore

Updated: Mar 18

they spoke for him (for george floyd)


1. (video)


i do not

doubt

killing.

neck.

knee.

doubt.

breath.

life.

malice.

doubt

i do not.


2. (blood)


the cardiologist made it

plain.

not

drugs

clots.

plain

like

malcolm

fannie

plain

the cardiologist made it.


3. (love)


george was a momma’s boy

said

his

brother,

lover

said

his

lover,

she

said

george was a momma’s boy


4. (george)


not a perfect man, but a man,

george

he

struggled

some

george

he

fell.

rose.

george,

not a perfect man, but a man


5. (us)


a black news channel…

they’re

black

proud

united

they’re

waiting

wanting

demanding

they’re

a black news channel.


6. (race)


defense says george is

brute

strong

savage

dangerous

brute

prone

choked

dead

brute

is george, defense says


7. (george 2)


george floyd is speaking to us today.

them.

professionals.

women.

men.

them.

humanity’s

bouquet.

crying.

them.

today, george floyd is speaking to us.


8. (what they do)


it is not going to work

counselor.

dirty

deeds

transgressions.

counselor.

stop

doing

it

counselor

it isn’t going to work.


9. (justice)


to the jury i yell

ashe’

george

is

human

ashe,

spoken

for,

loved

ashe’,

to the jury i yell


10. (guilty)


hands behind his back,

cuffed.

he

knows.

feeling

cuffed.

feeling

less

than.

cuffed,

hands behind his back.


11. (peace)


i wanted it to go on and on…

justice.

accountability.

public

truth.

justice.

a

beautiful

song,

justice

i want it to go on and on


Brian Gilmore

5/8/2021


Washington D.C. poet, writer, and law professor, Brian Gilmore, is author of four collections of poetry, including his latest, come see about me, marvin, (Wayne State Press), a 2020 Michigan Notable Books recipient. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Progressive Magazine. His 2015 collection, We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters (Cherry Castle Publishing) was an NAACP Image Award nominee and a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award nominee. Gilmore is also a Kimbilio Fellow.




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