In Memoriam – George Floyd
Hail! proud warrior,
for that final breath
given to your people, becoming to us all
a living symbol perfected in death.
Victory! proud warrior,
belongs to you this Memorial Day, we cast garlands
on your veteran’s grave for the life you gave
fighting the longest war in Earth’s long history,
spanning now these four centuries.
Rise! proud warrior,
in the beautiful black heaven-crowned company
of kings and queens who fought before you
to belong to a country where their lives matter.
Rest! proud warrior
a chariot of fire carries you across
immortal Jordan’s shining shore,
you belong to a better country
where black men need not beg for breath.
Pray! proud warrior
for us, who mourn our sins against your people,
we come now late to battle to raise our fists and follow
your brave brothers and sisters who still fight on
until at last the long war’s won.