It is easy to look at our humanity
And see all the ways it is cruel.
We are blessed to have someone
With quiet strength and unquestionable courage,
With the grace of a king and the will of a warrior,
To remind us of all the ways
Our humanity is not yet lost.
If that person is taken from us,
As all the best souls leave too soon,
Then we must be the best of humanity,
As they were,
For in our quiet strength and unquestionable courage,
In our empathy and our compassion,
They will never truly die.
Our greatest superpower will always be
The power of our humanity.
© 2020 Jade M. Wong
Written as a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, whose death has affected me more than I expected. The world has lost not just a great actor and inspiration to a generation, but more importantly, just a really good human being. I send my condolences to his family.
To the Black community: I will never truly understand the full impact of Chadwick’s death, but I recognize he shone a powerful light onto Black history and culture, and that he was a hero for your community at a time when the world desperately needs a Black hero. I grieve this immense loss with you in solidarity.