I Can’t Breathe

I can’t breathe became the rallying cry, once again,

(Damn us for allowing this to happen again)

For those seeking to end systemic racism

After George Floyd’s life was choked away from him.

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People used it in the West

As wildfires choked their cities, burnt their homes,

Destroyed communities and lives,

And turned day into night.

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It might as well be used for those dying of covid-19

As their lungs fill with fluid,

Separated from loved ones,

Who cannot hug or kiss them good-bye.

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It should be the motto of our nation over the last year.  

Our lives slowly being choked out of us through

Political turmoil, financial crisis, and moral questions,

Which cannot be lessened by people

Who will not listen to each other.

About oxrider

Mr. Winter has written novels, books of poetry and short stories, and books on acting. He has written over three dozen plays, winning the S.C. Playwright’s Festival. His inventive theatrical work has been seen in the US and Europe. A.F. Winter has been acting, teaching, and directing, for over 30 years. He created a theatre which worked with at-risk youth giving them positive alternatives in their lives. Please visit his website at AFWinter.com. View all posts by oxrider

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