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Inspired by the story of Charles Wootton, born in Bermuda. This black man was killed by a white mob in Liverpool – he was chased into the River Mersey and pelted with stones until he drowned on 5 June 1919.
History will haunt
until it is acknowledged.
A slosh of settled attitude
enveloped a body,
the heart was a river run dry –
Charles Wooton fled 18 Upper Pitt Street,
A question rather than a bed,
always on the look-out,
eyes in the back of the head.