He suffered a threat to his life
Physical assault of such an insult,
The same experience as many
People have had
Even now the immediate suffering
Is not yet over
But he declared
Let’s forgive and forget
For a long time
Victims of violence continue to suffer
Though the bruises might have healed
Or the cuts scarred over
Suffering is now within their minds
At night they are relived in the nightmarish dreams
Seeing people of colour
Bringing about hatred
By day, they feel full of terror
And overriding sense of fear
Certain thoughts on the people’s minds
As they’re being beaten, hated and raped…