Continuing the celebration of Easter, SuzyKnew! shares “Holy Family”by jessica care moore in We Want Out Bodies Back. Photo is courtesy of Soujourners and is a new icon depicting “Our Lady of Ferguson and All Those Killed by Gun Violence.”
Dear Black Madonna
Dear sacred mothers
America is coming for our sons with AR15s
Just as they came for Jesus
How many crosses shall we burn?
50 years after Detroit and Newark set fire to racial inequality and police brutality
How many die before we erupt?
Our children, blood-lava, spilling on concrete jungle streets
how many prayer mats face east and pray
3 times a day for relief, for sanctuary, for peace.
I watch my son’s arms grow longer
I listen to his mind strengthen, his pride
push past America.
What is a slave name?
he asks me at 10
This is the moment our sons let go of our hands & want to play in the park with friends or walk home alone.
The answer it Tamar Rice:
This is the collective worry of millions of Marys
hiding their Jesus children in their shelter
prayers, blankets, candles, family dinners.
Our sons still burning
Our daughters, not safe
We rebel against colonization
Resist the death of culture
The killing of the old
To rush in the new
One day a prophet shall return
The Flint water turns to wine.