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8 Minutes 46 Seconds

Poem By Uche Nwanze

Eight minutes, forty six seconds is all it took for my world to crash.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, all it took for my tomorrow to be stolen.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, because of the colour of my skin.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, if only I were White.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, all it took for all my dreams to be taken away.
Eight minutes forty six seconds is all it took for my pursuit of happiness to vanish.
Eight minutes forty six seconds all it took to breathe my last.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, if only I could breathe.
Eight minutes forty six seconds is all it took for your voices to be heard.
Eight minutes forty six seconds and the world wakes up to our reality, it has always been with us.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, no one to respond to my call for help.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, is all it took for my American dream to die.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, all it took to see Minneapolis no more.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, my forty six years on earth grind to a halt.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, I couldn't say goodbye to my two kids.
Eight minutes forty six seconds,suddenly the world realises black lives matter.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, my death turned into a campaign rally.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, my skin an object of ridicule to a relic for canonization.
Eight minutes forty six seconds is all it took.

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The most gruesome murder of George Floyd as an act of racial discrimination and police brutality against black person chronicled. Thanks for sharing.10++
A well deserving Member Poem of the Day powerfully written by a world class poet and superb man. Salutations to you good Uche, you sir and your thought-provoking poem deserve this accolade. And some poems like people never truly die, they live on forever.
Eight minutes, forty six seconds is all it took for my world to crash. in Minneapolis..... in this centuary........? ? ? such a thing happens. slavery, condemnation remains as ruling devil in the heart of many. tony
The reactions from both white and people of all colors against this brutality is a pointer for a positive change that is coming to the world. ; Eight Minutes and forty seconds; , I can not breathe - the last words of Floyd have become a sort of slogan against racism and it has its repercussions in the whole world.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, suddenly the world realises black lives matter.- - - - It sums up the agonies and angsts of black people who are discriminated against because of the color of their skin.The death of George Floyd at the hand of a brute police officer has exposed the flaws of a world plagued by racial divide.


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