Holding Vigil for George Floyd
by Cindy Stewart
Under a nine-foot bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the
Pacifist Memorial in Sherborn, Massachusetts
Eight middle-aged women held space for the
life of George Floyd.
When he cried out for his mama as his
neck was being crushed we were
beckoned. He was our
son. In silent vigil we stood at the
edge of the street and held
pictures of his face no longer gracing our earth.
We held him in our
hearts as we held every other
Black person who has lost their
one precious life. We circled the
Victims of Violence stone and spoke
words to the universe of the
injustice of his death and of our having to hold
vigil for a senseless loss, once again.
Through our fury we wept.
About the Writer
Cindy Stewart works with adults with special needs at The Life Experience School. She is the mother of three amazing adult children and a student in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University. Cindy lives and writes on a small farm outside Boston.