#GirlsWriteBack: “Nine dead. / We will take down the flag tomorrow.”


#GirlsWriteBack is a summer writing project hosted by the GirlSense & NonSense Blog.
It features weekly essays, poems, and fiction by young women writers responding to news headlines.


Nine dead. / We will take down the flag tomorrow.
By Pamela Craig

Responding to: “South Carolina Governor Signs Law Removing Confederate Flag From Capitol“, The New York Times, by Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder.

Can this be undone?
Can we try again?
The man will empty the bullets from his pocket,
walk through the church doors and hear
nine voices and shake nine hands.

The man will see God.
The man will see nine of his neighbors.
He will feel,
feel nine heart beats,
feel nine quarts of red blood burst through their veins.
He will remember his blood runs red too.

The ‘Stars and Bars,’
the ‘Stainless Banner’
is just wallpaper that he scrapes, peels,
and rips from his view.
A gaping wound exposed. Streams
of red pour from too many years
of lynchings, beatings, killings.
Unmasked, it all crumbles
like it always does.

Can this be undone?
Can we try again?

Nine dead.
We will take down the flag tomorrow.
Over and over,
we try again and again.

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