Silent Cries

I asked a talented poet—Caeli McKamey to compose a poem. The words carry a profound weight. 

Silent Cries June blog-black woman crying

Silent Cries Speak Soliloquy
~~by Caeli McKamey

Vision-less negligence shackles my birth
Systemic diversity layered deceit distorted inclusivity
Blind prison sentences sleeping awareness no want for future
I sat in the cell you created to punish our souls
Learning the ways of the mute irate mistakes wrongly incriminated
Your response will be written in the black books hidden in our coffins
A selective history we live to tear from textbooks and voiceless libraries
Color-blind mental slaves watched and rewatched my death
Malevolent murderer’s glee created from lineages of lynching
Your white grip still bleeds a chain around my neck
I can feel the bigoted inferno that flames my souls
I replay my beg, my plea, my bow to the cement for your mercy, for my life
“Please don’t kill me”, echoes abound the creatures of limbo
The stairs to peace unveils the dead, taken by the system
A timeless 8 minutes and 46 seconds in the living souls
Their silent cries break mountains in the afterlife

Rev. George Lee, Lamar Smith, Emmett Louis Till, Willie Edwards Jr., Herbert Lee, Cpl. Roman Ducksworth Jr., Medgar Evers, Louis Allen, Virgil Lamar Ware, Jimmie Lee Jackson, Ben Chester White, Wharlest Jackson, Benjamin Brown, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 

Collage depicting Rev. George Lee, Herbert Lee, Jimmie Lee Jackson

Their silent cries must be vocalized vibrating through all streams of consciousness
Skin to skin, my coal to the cement fades into your white paste and I am nothing
The power that society has given you has shown your evil, choose wisely who protects us and find how to educate the protection
We will not let your people lock us in your extermination badge
We will not let our people continue to be imprisoned in your slow, deliberate, lifetime extinction of life
I watch from the fog the cities uniting for life to open your eyes as you rot in prison
We need systems, anarchy realized structure is necessary provided survival is peaceful
You stole my life and my humanity…Where is the human in you?
I am heading to the white clouds which I will murk with the grey thunder
The rain will pour on your faces as you march until you realize the inferiority that still needs your attention
We must not fight fire with fire, Dr. King tells me from heaven
We must show them our power by peace and navigate the system to ensure that Black Lives Matter
Dr. King speaks from heaven, our death is not inconsequential, it is powerful to seek the Dr. King of the 21st century.
Stand up my friend and lead our way to structural peace for all.
I am George Floyd and I matter. Our cries will no longer be silenced.


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Heather Williams
3 years ago

WOW! THANK YOU! I will use this poem, Silent Cries, in my Translation class coming up in July.

Caeli McKamey
3 years ago

Thank you so much for truly seeing my poem…It hurt my heart to write this and continues when I re-read. But, this message was inspired by C.L’s theme and it is an important piece to share I feel.

Tida Touray
Tida Touray
3 years ago

First, of foremost, thank you for being an inspiration to young black writers like myself. Also, for the powerful poem and if I think about everything that’s going on in our country right now and around the world, many of our people are still doing silent cries this day.

Caeli McKamey
3 years ago
Reply to  Tida Touray

I agree, everything that is happening right now is a new world, where the black rights movement has taken a new level for the current society. This reminds me that racism still exists and dehumanizes and kills souls and lives. What has been going on and continues has gone against my core. As an ally, I will use my white privilege to tell others and keep speaking until everyone knows and preserves humanity.

Kay Clanton
3 years ago

C, Talented poet for sure. Extremely powerful words and expressions that brings chills and shame. I cannot get “you stole my life and humanity…where is the human in you” out of my head.
Today’s cries are no longer silent. The sound is loud and deserves justice. It is long overdue for what is morally right and fair. There are a lot of us out there who believe in these cries and want a supporting role in this movement. We need a “Dear White People” message so we do not mess up.

Gary Spangler
3 years ago

Cheryl and Caeli, Thank you for your heartfelt work.
After absorbing both the blog and poem respectively, I didn’t realize how much it shook my core. I have posted a response and the link is below as it is a bit too long to include in this comment section.

3 years ago

Thank you all so much, hearing that it shakes us all makes me cry again. I have always felt others pain and wanted to speak up for those who are silenced.


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