How Do You Bury A King? (for Chadwick Boseman)

It is with deep sadness that I have to report the passing of Chadwick Boseman at age 43. This young man pressed, for US, so a generation of Black boys can see themselves on screen–for generations to come. Thank you, Chadwick. Thank you.

How do you bury a king

When all have seen him rise?

How do you bury a king when

We have all seen ourselves in his eyes?

How can you be told that he whom has

Embraced both crown and light

Now neither can exist in the same space

Because the vessel made able and ready

To hold both is now gone.

Gone, knowing that death is never the end and the end is only the beginning, because the beginning is always on going.

And since it is on-going, so must we be on-going.

We must go on.

Life must go on.

We must be alive to remain and to remain is to identify all that a king as left.

Nothing is gone, only remembered.

We take crown and light to remind

Ourselves our king has not left us…but is in us.

How do you bury a king

When all have seen him rise?

How do you bury a king when

We have all seen ourselves in his eyes?

(c) JBHarris, August 2020