A KWANSABA ELEGY
FOR MICHAEL BROWN
By Charlois Lumpkin
Tear gas shrouds police in mist trust
as tempers smolder, releas’n smoke curls of
wild hairs in turgid river, refus’n to
be tamed. Eyes flash forward to place
where long stemmed roses line Ferguson divide,
mark for, ever in memory, the angry
hallow’d point of Mike Mike’s last stand.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson Missouri Police Officer. Michael Brown was eighteen years old and unarmed.