When The Time Comes For You To Speak
When a moment is not yours you must know it.
When the time comes for you to speak you must.
When the occasion establishes itself, you must respect it
metaphysically. When in the universe there comes
alignment of providence—settle into it.
When the moment is not about you, but someone
who has died violently, remember to reverence that moment.
At that moment a reverend is not needed,
just a poet.
© emmett wheatfall
This iconic photo of poet Emmett Wheatfall was taken on September 12, 2022 at the memorial for Keaton Otis, an African American male who was killed at the hand of police violence in Portland, Oregon May 12, 2010.
Photo: Sean Bascoms