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Mother’s Water

They say the body is 60% water
But there is none left in mine

Trayvon.
Tamir.
Jordan.
Sandra.
Aiyana.
Kalief.

So many more

I see their mothers
Bearing
Baring
Unspeakable suffering
To spare someone else’s children
My children

I weep until there is no water left.

Mother’s Water

They say the body is 60% water
But there is none left in mine

Trayvon.
Tamir.
Jordan.
Sandra.
Aiyana.
Kalief.

So many more

I see their mothers
Bearing
Baring
Unspeakable suffering
To spare someone else’s children
My children

I weep until there is no water left.

Carla Saulter  44, Seattle

 
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