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Redouble our efforts…

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    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    When our giants go down, our spines must straighten up and create new beginnings.


    Redouble our efforts…

    (For Robert Knight, Chokwe, Amiri,

    And others known and less known…)

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner


    When our Knights are captured 

    Or fall on battlefields, as they 

    Surely must, and we lose their

    Brilliant lights and we are

    Scrambling to pry pens,

    Swords, spears, bread and

    Roses from stainless steel 

    Grips of their icy hands—

    Scrambling to hoist our 

    Fallen banners, temporarily

    Mired in mud and blood, 

    Even higher, scrambling 

    To staunch rivulets of

    Brine from our sweetly

    Shattered hearts…


    When our giants — in 

    All sizes — go down, 

    Our spines straighten

    Honoring, immortalizing,

    Their legends, burnished 

    Names, by divvying up

    Cosmic, ancient, work

    Creating them in the 



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