How long Will This Go On?

Orlando Ceaser
Posted June 4, 2020 from United States

How long will this go on?

 

The times are dark, and the mood is dreary.

I scream, frustrated, no one will hear me.

The world has not changed, and I grow weary.

 

I ache with sorrow, another one dead.

I face tomorrow, some face it with dread;

Another Black Man won’t make it to bed.

 

Hatred’s exhausting, the stress and strain;

Each day is costing us and causing pain

From being mistreated viewed with disdain.

 

How long will this go on?

When justice sometimes gets it wrong,

We want people to belong;

Hopeful, optimistic, and strong.

 

If you complain, it is alleged abuse.

If it is not witnessed, it’s an excuse.

A person wails and wonders, what’s the use.

 

Believers approach God with petitions;

The prayers to alleviate suspicions;

To solve the world’s chaotic condition.

 

We’re mindful that periodically,

We must surrender, so God can be,

A force that will work methodically.

 

Someone is dead regardless of intent.

It may be called reckless endangerment;

Be it intentional or an accident.

 

How long will this go on?

When justice sometimes gets it wrong,

Truth must be the believer’s song;

Hopeful, optimistic, and strong.

 

The guilty ones will be prosecuted,

The video evidence disputed,

But values must be reconstituted.

 

May we abandon acts of division;

Inflammatory words of derision.

May we love and let it drive decisions.

 

Eradicate hatred as a disease,

Address injustice and inequities,

And stop seeing neighbors as enemies.

 

Copyright © 2020 Orlando Ceaser

 

 

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Black Lives Matter.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 05
Jun 05

Hi Orlando,

Welcome back! Thanks for sharing your powerful, soulful poem. I agree with your solutions, by the way.

Anne Penikis
Jun 05
Jun 05

Orlando...this is such an amazing poem. So strong and beautifully written. Thank you for sharing it.

Orlando Ceaser
Jun 06
Jun 06

Anne, You are very welcome.

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 06
Jun 06

Thank you for this powerful post Orlando. I can feel your anger rising off the page. I stand with you and beside you. In hope that things will finally start to change, Dawn

Orlando Ceaser
Jun 06
Jun 06

Dawn, Your comment is appreciated.

Chi8629
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thank you for sharing.

Orlando Ceaser
Jun 07
Jun 07

Chioma,
You are welcome.

Anita Shrestha
Jun 09
Jun 09

Thank you for sharing

Orlando Ceaser
Jun 09
Jun 09

Anita,
I appreciate you reading and leaving a comment.

Laetitia Shindano
Jun 12
Jun 12

Merci de nous partager ce hymne de tolérance et d'espoir en l'avenir Orlando.
A bientôt
Laetitia

Chinyere Kalu
Jun 13
Jun 13

It shall be well Orlando. I feel your pain. Let us not keep quiet about the injustices in our lands.