Kenosha / Minneapolis

The vile kitten-mouse
Kyle Rittenhouse
weeps on the stand
and goes free.
We now understand
that George Floyd, had he wept
under Derek Chauvin’s knee,
would’ve slept
in his own bed last night.
Oh, right.

About the Poem

This poem was written the day after the Rittenhouse verdict. As a friend said to me: “This news. I have not even had words.”

About the Author

Cody Walker is the author of three poetry collections, all from Waywiser. He directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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