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