Fierce Calm by Dave Rendle

(for Ieshia)

After violence had rained down on communities,
and storms had spread across country,
fierce calm boldly entered the lion’s den,
stood firmly in elegant defiance,
silently posed on cracked asphalt,
summer dress billowing in the breeze,
as a phalanx of riot police surged,
and tempest’s blew, was not phased,
continued brave stance,in peaceful composure,
didn’t say anything, didn’t resist,
with determined dignified power,
looked over the next horizon,
and never once looked back,
frozen in time, a vessel of justice,
freedoms flower releasing hopefulness,
amplifying pathways of change.



A demonstrator protesting the death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rougue, Louisiana, US July 2016, Copyright, Jonathan Bachman, Reuters. 
Woman who was captured in above ironic photo has been revealed as 28- year old Ieshia Evans, a licensed practical nurse and mother to a five-year-old son, who was attending her first protest on Saturday.

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