“Remembering Tamir on the 4th of July…” (a poem by Donna Ferrie)


When I grow up
To become a man
I’m gonna be a Super Hero,
Savin’ the world
From all things bad.

I think I’ll wear
Not a cape of red
But a Shirt of Blue,
A Silver-Star Badge
Of Invincible Power,
An Emblazoned Cap–
All the neighborhood
Tryin’ it on
For size.

The protector of
Our Community,
My family will be so
Proud of me
My best friend,“Musa,”* (*Mansa Musa, 1280-1337)
A faithful canine partner,
We’ll be on-patrol
Keepin’ the Peace
Not with fear but
Heart, Hope,
And Honor.

Until then,
He and I
Walk tree-lined streets
With watchful pride
Seein’ the beauty of our lives
Full of fun and laughter:
Bicycles, Swing-sets,
Slippery Slides–
A game of “fetch” for
Me and Musa to try.

One day we’ll both be
Big and Strong
I know it won’t take very long
My teacher says,
“All good things come
To those who wait.”** (**Lamentations 3:25)
I’m just hopin’ it won’t be
Too late.

I guess tomorrow
Will be soon enough
But right now,
Mom says,
“Supper’s up.”
Then it’ll be
Time to play
Before dreamin’
Of another day…
When I grow up
To be a
Super Hero.

Your friend,

On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot by police officers, mistaking his toy gun for a real one at the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He died the next day, November 23, 2014. He was 12-years-old.

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