I woke up thinking
about Frank Jude, Jr.
whose assault I am nearly too young to remember
in the news. I woke up thinking lynching
attempt. I spent part of the day with
remembered despair. At the march
this week, nearly no one grabbed
the signs that said Arrest Killer Cops;
most marchers picked Black Lives Matter
and We Have a Dream moving east
from the church. I kept thinking despair and betrayed
or that allyship begins with waking up to a world
who might remember to mourn a loss or the loss
but forget to indict his abusers.
The Milwaukee police officers who assaulted Frank Jude, Jr. were eventually indicted and convicted.