A Lament for Michael Brown


mourning black pines by roberto verzoI mourn for Michael Brown

My heart is broken,
shattered even,
but not as broken and shattered
as his body
spilled out onto the streets of Ferguson.

One more life was taken.
A life that crossed a road,
raised hands
and surrendered
and yet, misunderstood
before his moment to make his case.

Before he could speak the Life and the hope and the future that also pulsed inside of him.

I mourn for the humanity that was not seen
for the story shot short
I mourn for the message spoken,
over and over again,
that some lives matter more than others.

Lord, forgive us.

Our world is broken
and your Kingdom hasn’t come,
not on this street.

Where I am a participant in the brokenness
and not the healing,
forgive me, Lord.

A son,
his blood
onto the streets of Ferguson,
into the story of slavery
and oppression.
His blood spilled onto the pain of
and fear.

Lord, forgive us.

One more son is just too much.
Too much, God.
One more son or daughter
too much,
every time.
Too much.

How can we not see that we are one human family?
How can we not see that Michael Brown is our brother,
our son?

May his blood speak.
May his blood never be in vain.

Michael Brown, we speak your name.

On this day when his body is laid to rest,
May his blood
that was spilled
cry out for peace.

May peace rise into
the streets of Ferguson
and the hearts of Your people.

May his blood rise up to meet us
in our history of oppression
and our story of segregation.

Forgive us, Lord,
for we know that what we do.

May your son, Michael Brown, rest in peace,
but may his story always speak.


Image credit: Roberto Verzo

  • Nicole A. Joshua

    Amen, Idelette. Amen.

    • http://www.idelette.com idelette

      Ahhhh, my friend. Thank you.

  • pastordt

    Amen, indeed. Thank you.

    • http://www.idelette.com idelette

      Thank you for being here and standing with me, Diana.

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  • Erin Wilson

    Amen and amen…

    • http://www.idelette.com idelette

      Thank you, friend.

  • http://www.kelleynikondeha.com/ Kelley Nikondeha

    Amen, friend. Feel your heart and your story through this lament.

    • http://www.idelette.com idelette

      Thank you …

  • Andrew Marsh

    Powerful words. They are so well formed together to make the message simple. May our loving heavenly Father walk the streets of Ferguson and stir the hearts of its people, to come together, to hear your voice and to kneel in community unity before you. May they invite the Saviour into their hearts, therefore into the heart of Ferguson.

    • http://www.idelette.com idelette

      Thank you, Andrew. Yes, indeed.