He was the most gentle of souls —
playing his violin for the kittens at the shelter
so they would not be lonely.
On that night, he was just walking home,
carrying an iced tea for his brother
and, yes, he was singing and dancing
in his own special way.
For this, the police were called.
For this, the police put him in a chokehold.
For this, the paramedics injected him with a sedative.
For this, Elijah was killed.
I was just going home
I’m just different
I’m an introvert
Today we are all Elijah.
We are all different.
We are all gentle souls.
In this time, right now,
that is an enormous thing.