Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Poem on the Eve of America’s Trial

Protesters rally on March 9 in Bryant Park, New York City, on the day jury selection began in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of killing George Floyd. (Shutterstock photo)

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer charged with murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. The event prompted this reflection.

Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin: Face of America?

Outrage, despair, breast beating
horror wails

How could this happen?

It has always happened.

Not streaming in real time
In Color

Stupid smirk beneath
dead eyes

Or collective fear
The shadow of

Loosed upon the world
For all
to see …