Dead Black Bodies, Untitled

dead black bodies
white saviour

these were topics for a report
but let me elaborate

dead black bodies
always weak
always violent
too much
there
there
there
always here
sprawled
bleeding
choking
playing
defending
always there

dead black bodies massacred
in vain and in creed
sometimes burning
other times hanging
never at peace
never were at peace
dead black bodies deserve decoration
and absolute serenity
present and after
they deserve respect
yes, but also
life

white saviors also always there
never wanted, always pressed
white saviors who slaughtered these bodies
that is not how to save

you are too late
and too eager

leave us be

 

By Lorraine Okafor

Author note:
The topic came last year when I had to write a report on a film I had watched and book I had read. The piece is about that book and that movie. Too many white saviours coming to save the Black bodies they were complicit in killing.

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