Portland Strong (a poem), by Charly (with photo by Scully Media)

by Boop Troop Eugene

Black Lives Matter public art in Portland, Photo by Scully Media

Portland Strong

The drums of the revolution have been sounding loud
for hours, for days, for years unbowed

Dancing, and chanting, there is joy in using our voices
Drums and blocks, horns, and a boombox

A subtle move goes through the crowd
goggles on, mask on, shield up, we will not be cowed

Do you have the lawyer's number?
They will come for you in the gutter

Write it on your arm, write it on your body
here, let me help you sweetie

With no warning at all
the tear gas falls

It will rise buildings tall
the wall advances to cover us all

We retreat, we pull back
retch and hack

Wash the eyes, check for wounds
medics are here, no one is marooned

Sounding clear through the gas attack
the drums and trumpet call us back

The phalanx advances through the mist
Portland is pissed

The Rose City will continue to resist, despite the danger
because Black Lives will always Matter

Poetry by Charly, shared with enthusiastic consent.

Photo by Scully Media, shared with enthusiastic consent.

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