Mother Of Emmet Till Poem by Unnikrishnan Sivasankara Menon

Mother Of Emmet Till

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Emmet Till
A little boy of fourteen
A little black boy of fourteen!
Now on his mutilated head
He wears a Yoruba crown.

The mother of Emmet Till
Decided, his last journey
Shall be in an open coffin
So the whole world would see
What they did unto him.

Emmet on his black skin bore
The sweat, hunger and pain
And the blood spilled by the workers
Of his clan, all mercilessly slain
In the cotton farms of Georgia
The tobacco fields of S. Carolina
The sugarcane fields of Louisiana,
Where black skin was a sin.

From every drop of his blood
There arose a thousand Emmets.
A Martin LutherKing
A Harriet Tubman.

Tallahatchie River still weeps
And her pale green eyes shed
Blood; cold black blood.*

Mother Of Emmet Till
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: colour
Notes: 1. Emmet Till was murdered by two white men in 1955 in Mississippi, for speaking to a white woman, shot in the head. They buried his mutilated body in Tallahatchie River, where it was discovered later. His mother Mamie Till insisted that his last journey would be in an open coffin, so the whole world saw what they had done to him.2. An all-white jury acquitted both the murderers of the crime. The murderers lived free until their natural death. They even made money telling the 'story' to the media.3. The little coffin is now displayed the new museum on the African-American history in Washington (the Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture) . The museum is designed in the shape of a Yoruba Crown. Yoruba is a West-African tribe famous for their exquisite sculpture.4. *On October 22,2016 the memorial sign marking the spot where Emmett Till's mutilated body was discovered back in 1955 (in the photograph above) , was found riddled with bullet holes.
Ravikumar Patel 07 December 2016

I hope that no more last journies will be required for the peaceful demise of racial arrogance. Why does everyone love a rainbow? B'coz there are no black and whites in that. It's shame on the mankind that this type of feudal mentality still finds enough oxygen. Your words have revived the sacrifice of Emmet Till....

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Unnikrishnan E S 07 December 2016

Hi Ravi, The times are quite grave. There is danger lurking everywhere, with many who are thirsty of blood. Many who are Color-blind! Let's hope things change and so that minds are able to see that all men are equal. Let us pray for No More Emmet Tills! Thank you Ravi.

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Thank Ravi for such detailed analysis of the poem and it's ideas. Great feeling to read your words of wisdom.

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This is a real life story of a bold mother

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jim hogg 24 April 2023

Thank you for penning this finely worded tribute, and reminder of how far we still have to go, before we can declare that our world is civilised.

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Very true, dear poet Jim. Thank you for reading the poem

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" Amber Piercy has added this poem to her favourites". Thank You, dear poet.

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Verilyn Titus 06 November 2022

really want to see this the previews I see looks like it would be a really good movie

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Movie? I speak of real facts, dear poet. Thank You

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I had posted replies to Yolanda and Ravikumar Patel for their posts. But they have simply disappeared. Can anyone help?

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