grievous losses

wasn’t anything she wanted
by the news anchor’s voice she’s haunted
paralyzing her thoughts
hard to remain undaunted
a piece of childhood dies
she knows she gotta rise

wasn’t something that she chose
icy water shock from the cop’s hose
numbing her mind
twisting her clothes
news of an icon’s death
gut-punched ‘n out of breath

wasn’t anything she asked for
salty puddles scattered on the floor
shock & grief are intertwined
you can hear the chaos roar
legends all – they spoke only truth
no replacing Maya, Toni ‘n Ruth

sounds of weeping through sunlight
heartbroken, unable to think or write

copyright © 2020 KPM

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