Protected-Hudson Biko/Piece by Piece HB

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We watched

From viewpoints

That protected us

From the repercussions

of the discussions

we never had

Thinking that the bloodshed

would never shed

onto us

If we weren’t close enough

to feel it

If we weren’t close enough

to feel close enough

But we were

We felt all of it

Pouring down

in shades

of blue

and transparency

Reflecting everything

that we weren’t

Because those viewpoints never protected us

They showed us everything.

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Choking II

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It transcends into empty skies.

As we watch

the same birds

that flew

in the tranquility

of their emptiness

Sink

into

the same

spaces

that used to hold them

Sink

into

a canvas

that was never painted

Sink

into

oceans

that didn’t mind holding them

 

As we try

to hold onto

everything

that began letting

us go.

 

 

© Hudson Biko

Photograph: Koushik Das

 

Choking I: http://wp.me/s8iCv2-choking