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8 Minutes 46 Seconds

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Eight minutes, forty six seconds is all it took for my world to crash.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, all it took for my tomorrow to be stolen.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, because of the colour of my skin.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, if only I were White.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, all it took for all my dreams to be taken away.
Eight minutes forty six seconds is all it took for my pursuit of happiness to vanish.
Eight minutes forty six seconds all it took to breathe my last.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, if only I could breathe.
Eight minutes forty six seconds is all it took for your voices to be heard.
Eight minutes forty six seconds and the world wakes up to our reality, it has always been with us.
Eight minutes forty six seconds, no one to respond to my call for help.
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8 Minutes 46 Seconds
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Topic(s) of this poem: police brutality,racism
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
The poem 8(Eight) Minutes 46(forty Six)seconds chronicles the events of May 25 in Minneapolis. The circumstances that led to the death of George Floyd. Racism, police brutality, inequality in the system exposes the flaws in our world. We cannot pretend it is not with us.
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KAMALAKAR ARAKALA 26 March 2021
Great thoughts, Uche! Very moving and touching the heart!
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Anthony Mary Jones 25 September 2020
Thought provoking I must say. Eight minutes forty six seconds my death turned to a campaign rally. The poem just seems to capture everything. Great work Uche
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Favour Uchechukwu 20 July 2020
Beautiful one Nwanze, I feel your emotion through the work. Its nice.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 29 June 2020
The most gruesome murder of George Floyd as an act of racial discrimination and police brutality against black person chronicled. Thanks for sharing.10++
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Shaun Cronick 29 June 2020
A well deserving Member Poem of the Day powerfully written by a world class poet and superb man. Salutations to you good Uche, you sir and your thought-provoking poem deserve this accolade. And some poems like people never truly die, they live on forever.
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Dr Antony Theodore 29 June 2020
Eight minutes, forty six seconds is all it took for my world to crash. in Minneapolis..... in this centuary........? ? ? such a thing happens. slavery, condemnation remains as ruling devil in the heart of many. tony
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Bharati Nayak 29 June 2020
The reactions from both white and people of all colors against this brutality is a pointer for a positive change that is coming to the world. ; Eight Minutes and forty seconds; , I can not breathe - the last words of Floyd have become a sort of slogan against racism and it has its repercussions in the whole world.
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Bharati Nayak 29 June 2020
Eight minutes forty six seconds, suddenly the world realises black lives matter.- - - - It sums up the agonies and angsts of black people who are discriminated against because of the color of their skin.The death of George Floyd at the hand of a brute police officer has exposed the flaws of a world plagued by racial divide.
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Bharati Nayak 29 June 2020
Eight minutes forty six seconds, no one to respond to my call for help. Eight minutes forty six seconds, is all it took for my American dream to die. Eight minutes forty six seconds, all it took to see Minneapolis no more. Eight minutes forty six seconds, my forty six years on earth grind to a halt. Eight minutes forty six seconds, I couldn't say goodbye to my two kids.
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Ruta Mohapatra 29 June 2020
True depiction of the event and its aftermath! Touching! Congrats on poem of day!
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