Now I lay me … for Breonna Taylor

Now I lay me down to sleep,
whispering — Breonna Taylor did this.
And I pray, like so many children
before me
my soul to keep, my soul to keep,
and my dreams,
my hopes for tomorrow,
the beauties of another morning.

But none of us really expect
to die before we wake,
none of us really expect
to be killed by another human being
in our beds,

none of us really expect
to be killed by another human being
who is not held to account
in that death.

I believe that God has taken
and holds so tenderly her very soul,

and calls out the soul-lessness
of our times,

walks with the protestors,
kneels by the fallen,
waits with the arrested,
says her name again and again.

And now we lay ourselves down
in a great insomnia of sorrow.

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9 Responses to Now I lay me … for Breonna Taylor

  1. Breonna Taylor’s story is so incredibly sad and painful. God must have a special place in heaven for people like her.

  2. Elsa Anders Cook says:

    Thank you. May our insomnia be short and our struggle for justice long.

  3. Amen to the great insomnia of sorrow… How can we sleep amidst the persistence of injustice and the unrequited tears of the sufferers?

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