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.

But
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
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
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.
COMMENTS OF THE POEM

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

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Yolanda Metroi 02 May 2022

This is a very powerful message, upon reading I was completely overwhelmed with the emotions i felt reading this

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Thank You Yolanda for sharing your thoughts on this poem. As you understand, it is real history of the "White Supremacist Movement " (you may call it kkk or by any other name) , in the United Sates. WSM has its roots still in the US, which is horrifying. Thank You

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soren Barrett 14 March 2022

A powerful and important message, in a world where racial prejudice is still present. Well written.

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Unnikrishnan E S 15 March 2022

Thank you for shy anguish, Dear Poet

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David Wood 18 January 2022

The Stars and Stripes is stained with the blood of racism and, unfortunately, will never be washed clean.

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Dear UNNIKRISHNAN, the weapon maffia industry is still supporting this, since they needs still producing weapons. President JFK was murdered by the FBI since he was against the VIETNAM-WAR. How very very sad, we are still on this level of worldly view since this killing occurred (1955)

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Unnikrishnan E S 19 January 2022

The stain of blood can be traced in every banner…. True. And racism, sure, is a lingering blot on the US society. It is because some unscrupulous persons offer political support to such elements.

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Susan Williams 18 January 2022

I have commented on this powerful poem before but I had to read it again--we should all read this again and again to keep his memory alive and our heart soft to the call of love and justice

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Unnikrishnan E S 19 January 2022

Thank you Susie. Very nice of you to revisit this poem, one of my favourites.

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Unnikrishnan Sivasankara Menon

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PUTHENCHIRA, KERALA, INDIA
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