Necessary Forces

Necessary Forces

 The tombstone of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014. On October 5, 2018, Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder.

The tombstone of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014. On October 5, 2018, Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder.


In memory of Laquan McDonald.

Necessary Forces

Black and white makes

right,

old stains run blue

until new—blood spills

again, always

the same verdict

coming out/bouncing down

cracked steps                                                                                               

toward gravestones—

emblems like icons

like streets arriving at Pulaski,

where the road less taken

paves a Second City.

Justice sneers. Hope stops

dead in its tracks—

a boy rises (healed)

to feel the wind off the lake.

 

Nathan F. Elmore


Shock Value

Shock Value