Jamaica Gleaner - - ARTS&EDUCATION - – Erica Brown Mar­riott

(In mem­ory of the late Ni­cholas Fran­cis, 14-year-old Ja­maica Col­lege stu­dent) His cel­lu­lar phone and watch en­ticed a knife to stop his breath. The hand which used the knife was stained with cal­lous­ness. The rot­ting mind and heart that did pro­pel the act Will never out­run all the blood Time will see to that! Time will force the beast to face his sor­did self. Only time will cause his icy heart to melt. Time will bring him gifts of sor­row so he’ll be made to feel The out­come of his venom Upon an in­no­cent hu­man be­ing. To think a cel­lu­lar phone and watch Could value more than life Cuts through a new re­al­ity Might I say Like a knife? ‘Nick’ dared to show re­sis­tance To de­fend what was his! A knife it was that took him out Against his will. Rest in peace dear Ni­cholas De­spite our sobs. Some lips are say­ing qui­etly Leave ev­ery­thing to God.

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