A gentle giant in the maze of darkness
Sees the darkest corruption of the heart
alloyed in the putrid puss of proud violence
Writhing his pulsation of life like a serpent
Twisting the veins that carry life to his breath
Pounding the dome of his sovereign palace
In a morbid frisson of the ecstatic dance of death
Amid the cries of the man in a maze of disgrace
Unarmored, unguarded, unprotected, unheard
As the rampant madness of murder with passion
Possesses the man with the corrupt heart blinded
By outgrown white heat of hatred with unreason.
P.S.: It would have been my first day of returning to the office after the partial end of stay-home order in California had my brother not told me of a civil unrest situation in Downtown LA where my job was located; the subway station I always use was closed, and a curfew would be enforced in LA Counties starting from 6:00 PM, which would affect my returning home via trains.
Behind all this commotion lies another intermittently continuous police brutality exercised against the socially disenfranchised or marginalized – or to put it more blatantly – invisible, and therefore ignorable. The demonstrations were egged on by the inhumanly aggravated handling by the police of George Floyd, a former promising college basketball student who had eked out living by working as a security guard until he was laid off due to Covid-19 lockdown.
I don’t care what Floyd’s past sins are. I don’t need to know his character assessment to reason the initiation of Floyd’s arrestment by the police in the first place. What I see from the video of his undignified death posted on the New York Times attests to the manifestation of how prejudice aided by the unbridled zealous passion of the heated moment can lead to the destruction of humanity. The more I watch the tragedy, the more I see the man’s pathos and the oppressor’s inhumanity. How could you do that? This alone matters to me. Hence this poem is my elegy to Mr. Floyd.