#stopthehate poems by Laura Grevel : Texas Freeze Over & People are Looking

Fevers of the Mind

Night, Snow, Frost, Cold, Trees

Texas Freeze Over—February 16, 2021 On that freezing eve in a winter storm, where nothing was the norm, eighteen-year-old Rodney Reese was walking home down a Plano street. He’d finished his shift at Walmart, groceries in hand, still had a good ways to go, slipping and stumbling in ice and snow, still had a good ways to go, when they showed up and slowed. He heard the shout, saw the colors of the car, felt a shiver run over his memory wars: remembered what happened to George Floyd in Minnesota, Eric Garner in New York, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Daniel Prude in New York. Did the cops remember the truth as they told him to stop? That they’d been sent to make a wellness check? Not to be a pain in the friggin’ neck? That the state was now a disaster zone of ice and snow, bodies freezing in homes?…

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4 thoughts on “#stopthehate poems by Laura Grevel : Texas Freeze Over & People are Looking

  1. Wow! Powerful words. Words that needed saying.

    I was invited to a neighbour’s wedding many years ago, my son and I, another couple of neighbours and the milkman were the only white people there. I always wondered why there weren’t more?

    Joy

    Sent from my iPad

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