With the Name of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth
wasn't he?
(a slow meditation)

by Lester Allyson Knibbs
(formerly Hakeem Muhammad)

wasn't he?

wasn't he
some mother's
son

before he was
killed?
were there no
relations
or friends
who loved and
cared for him?

what
has he
done
(in being killed)
to merit our
sudden
rage
of attention?

did he become?
did he become
at death?
did he become
somebody

at death?

at death
did he become
somebody
to care for?

did we love him?
did we love him
before he became?

did we love him
before he became
at death?
before he became
somebody

at death
did we
love him
before
at death
he became somebody
to care for?

did we love him enough?
did we love him enough?
did we love him
enough
to invest?
did we love him
enough to invest

anything?
a thought?
a smile?
a word?
a hand?
an embrace?
a commitment?
a risk?

yes yes yes
we say
yes yes yes
yes we say
oh yes we
love all our brothers
love all our sisters
because we are all
children of the Creator
and we are
full
of love

then
then
how is it
that i walk
past my brother
and in that moment
my retreating back
has already
forgotten him?
January 4, 2001
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