We recently came across a powerful Twitter page of a young 17-year-old poet who goes by the name @voice. He writes poems and posts them on Twitter to speak out against injustices and aims to represent young America. We discovered him after a re-tweet of his heartfelt poem, “Last Words,” written solely with the letters of Eric Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe.” He has only been posting his work for a little over a month and since this post he has received over 27,000 re-tweets and 28,000 favorites. His poem is as follows:
I- I- I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t be.
You see me
You see thug
You see sin.
I see the letters of “hate” alive in your “heart”.
Can’t I breathe? Can’t I breathe? Can’t I be?
Emmett ’till Eric.
Tombstone same, just new names.
I- I- I can’t breathe, I can’t be.
I, too, am a human being, yet you can’t let me be.
These empty deaths, live, on top of his Dream.
In a cold coal-pit world, we, as diamonds, must rise.