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Black Poet Shares Impact Of Violence in Black Community | New Mental Health Poem As a vocal member of the Black community, Aisha Tariqa Abdul Haqq is a tireless advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement. If you want to read something that truly speaks to the heart of the Black experience in America, with all of its unvarnished struggles, the violence, mental illness, and societal disdain and neglect, but also its strength, hope and community power, her new poetry is a must-read. Her new poem, which is taken from her first, recently released book of poetry, titled 'Four Years in Chrysalis', reflects on the tragic deaths of Black Americans like Trayvon Martin and George Floyd. In her poems, Aisha Tariqa notes how Black lives seem to have little value and how Black lives are seemingly disposable to America at large. Her poem also emotively evokes how the suffering and tears of the Black community often go unnoticed and unaccounted for by the American public. As May Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, Aisha Tariqa Abdul Haqq wants you to reflect on the impact the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis had, and continues to have on the Black community. However, Aisha Tariqa writes her poetry and shares it with you because she is not without hope, and the young poet states that she has observed a recent change in public discourse and opinion regarding the sanctity of Black lives. To capture this change in public sentiment and awareness, and to further progress the ideologies of the broader American community, she is proud to share her new poem with you. ❝Hey Black man What were your thoughts when your body collapsed to the pavement? Was the slow motion noticeable to you, too? Did you too notice your body gyrating from the force of silver pieces? Dressed in black Black man Could you feel his presence?... ...His prerogative As your life entered the ether that matched his cloaked essence? Did you know his words As he shared his thoughts? On the point of his actions And the pain that he wrought?... ...Was your happiness still tangible as you took your last breath From the memory of your daughter when she slept on your chest? Great dark mass, Black man Your soft flesh as you rest On the ground...❞ Aisha Tariqa Abdul Haqq is a passionate poet and advocate for mental health and social justice in the Black community. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @AishaTariqa. A spokesperson for the poet said, “The death of George Floyd was excruciating to watch, but no less than that of the equally tragic Trayvon Martin eight years earlier — the only change is that now, for the first time, the world cries with Black people.” Go to https://www.aishatariqa.com/landing-page to find out more.