Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Warning Trigger Warning Trigger Warning Trigger





my tears become lost somewhere between
the pillow and the sound of Alton Sterling's son crying
one more black body murdered
trigger warning
trigger warning
trigger warning
trigger
I see
trigger warning
flash before me
warning:
you're about to see a bullet tear through a man's
orange shirt
and color every thread of it red
you see,
his blue veins bleed red
out through the fabric of his orange shirt
covering his black body in a crimson blanket
warning: you're about to see a murder
warning: you're about to see a man die
where is the warning
for the man who pulled the trigger?
does he come with a warning?
warning - trigger in the hands of a white man
warning - trigger in the hands of supremacists
warning - trigger in the hands of disproportionate power
trigger in the hands of oppression and injustice
warning trigger
warning trigger
warning trigger
warning:
you get calluses from pulling triggers
pulling triggers on
limp bodies
tired bodies
black bodies
brown bodies
small bodies
how many more bodies need to fall
how many more bodies need to break
to bleed
to burst open
to burn alive
to breed hatred
borne from despair
from cowardice
from power, from supremacy, from violence
to bleeding bombing bullets
how many more bodies
how many more families
need to watch their own limbs
cracked broken
hung from trees writing stories no one wants to read
how many more families
need to suffocate
under the weight of an armed police officer
as generations of survivors of racist cruelty
gag
one gasping syllable at a time
I
can't
breathe
hold your breath
hold your choke
hold this moment
in your arms
let the weight of it
crush you
let it burn
the disinterest out of you
let it smother
the desensitization that breeds you
one body should be too much
yet too much
is a line we crossed a long time ago
a time before that first ship sailed to shore
with bodies bundled to be owned
a time before headless bodies
swung from trees
and their blood sowed seeds
for a new tomorrow
a today
that stinks of yesterday
these are just words
words that bleed from open wounds
that cannot...
no, will not heal
how do you heal
from watching a murder
of your child, parent, of your lover
how do you heal
from a trigger
a warning:
This graphic video shows police shoot and kill a man
trigger warning
trigger warning
trigger warning
trigger
warning:
you're about to watch
one of your own
murdering
your own
warning:
this trigger comes with no warning
it just kills



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