Why He Knelt (for Colin)
By Michelle Garren Flye
A man kneels in a green field.
Father, help me find the way
To fight the power they wield,
To make them know what they
Don’t fathom: simply why I kneeled.
Years pass and he is condemned
To life, but not on the stage he sought.
Until the news is overwhelmed
By the injustices he warned about—
And we recall what he did contend.
Kneeling at work seems little enough
When you look at the news today.
His gentle defiance is practically fluff
And a much less destructive way.
(Ignored injustice can get rough.)
What can you do now, you plead.
What service can you provide?
Listen to what they cry and heed—
It may be time to take a side,
And in the black earth, plant the seed.
And if all else fails to satisfy
To your knees you should fall.
The act we can’t expect to justify,
But what we can do is simply all
Kneel and know exactly why.