Day 13 NaPoWriMo2017

Well, that was odd…not only did Mercury Retrograde delay the prompt in the morning, my designated poetry writing time, but I just discovered that my post didn’t post! (Sigh)

I decided to pen a memoriam having learned of the passing of New York Justice Sheila Abdas-Salamm.

Post Mortem


i.m. Justice Sheila Abdus-Salamm


In all this floating world

Today nothing feels to me sadder

Than this found floater

In the Hudson by Harlem


The Guardian posts a Suicide Hotline tip

At the end of the news clip


We shall have to wait for cause of death:

Being female, being black

Being brave, being Muslim

Being in court everyday with everything

Flying from Pandora’s box, shaking it

Finding it devoid of that final favour



There is only so much hate

A body and soul can take.

Be at peace, Justice.