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he knelt on his neck
releasing Black butterflies
raging w/fire

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KENDRA N. BRYANT is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa (2012) and Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tallahassee (2001, 2003). She has taught English at Tallahassee Community College , North Miami Beach Sr. High School, USF, The University of North Georgia, and Florida International University (Miami). She is currently serving as an assistant professor of English at North Carolina A&T State University, where she teaches Contemporary Grammar & Rhetoric and Advanced Grammar & Argumentation, while serving as the department’s composition director.

13 responses to “haiku for George Floyd & Black protestors”

  1. Amelia L Howard says:

    This is beautiful!

  2. Louisa McCullough says:

    Yes! This is fire!

  3. Kia says:

    I felt this in my heart! Thank you. You are an amazing poet and I look forward to seeing more of your poetry published.

  4. Adriel Hilton says:

    Thanks for this during this time of uncertainty!

  5. Kimberly Bryant says:

    Nice work…I love a haiku. RIP Mr. Floyd. ❤

  6. Sally says:

    Heartbreaking, thank you

  7. Myrtle Barrett Soloman says:


  8. Adri-Anne Jones says:

    I love this poem with a few Powerful words that explain the natural response to the savage lynching of Mr. Floyd, “. . . What Happens to A Dream Deferred?”

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  11. poop says:

    What r u guys looking at?

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