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The Boy From Troy

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Remembering U.S. Rep. John R. Lewis by Jacqueline OBoomer

The boy from Troy
Whose Mother no doubt
Did not want him to go
Traveled to the bridge
So long ago, so long ago

He marched with Dr. King
And spoke at the podium before him
They had to tone down his words
Because he spoke the harsh truth
And while he spoke the truth
He learned so well
And taught others
And I’m guessing for his Mother
To tone down the words
Forgive the others
Make his impassioned plea
Make it a learning event
On the road to Congress
Where he spent long years
And became its conscience
Educated more youthful soldiers
Boys and girls from Troy
And everywhere

Never to be taken down
And told not to be so harsh
Again.
Because he found his voice
He found his voice.

Today he is driven in a hearse
Through the streets of Washington
To pay respects at the
National Museum of African American
History and Culture
That he worked to achieve and the
Lincoln Memorial and
Black Lives Matter Lane and
the U.S. Capitol
And be driven nearby the souls who
Loved him
Some waiting in the streets.

It’s touching
It’s hard to watch.

I am so glad I got the chance
To witness the history from afar
I saw the boy from Troy speak
Before Dr. King at the podium
I saw him visit
Black Lives Matter plaza this year
I saw him in Congress
Sometimes during late-night hours
When he was speaking up
And standing up
For his fellow Americans

Gone but not forgotten
A treasure sent for only a little while
Borrowed from his Mother
So he could dedicate his life to
Getting in good trouble and now
His life has space at the museum
His life mattered
Our hearts break
Good trouble.

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132 Responses to “The Boy From Troy”


  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    July 27, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you Jacqueline for your beautiful poem.

  2. 8 ggail44
    July 27, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful, sister Nerdy and thank you sister J’OB. Well done tribute from TOD {{{hugs}}} ❤️

  3. July 27, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Oh, WOW, Booms!! I hadn’t seen this. Magnificent. Today has been so moving in ever way.

  4. 14 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    High 5 to you, JO’B!!!

    Me too↓ ↓

    ‘I am so glad I got the chance
    To witness the history from afar
    I saw the boy from Troy speak
    …’

  5. 15 pkayden
    July 27, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    That’s a beautiful poem, Jacqueline. Thank you.

  6. July 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Warnings before Lafayette attack on peaceful protestors “were insufficient and inaudible”:
    “The warnings were conveyed…approximately 50 yards from the demonstrators. From where I was standing, approximately 20 yards from the demonstrators, the announcements were barely audible and I saw no indication that the demonstrators were cognizant of the warnings to disperse.”
    —“DeMarco provides direct evidence that CS tear gas was used by officials on the scene, despite repeated denials from the Trump administration….DeMarco described extreme and excessive violence being used against civilians.”
    (https://www.alternet.org/2020/07/here-are-7-disturbing-revelations-from-a-national-guard-officer-about-trumps-lafayette-square-disaster/)

  7. 17 jer44
    July 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm

  8. 19 pkayden
    July 27, 2020 at 5:40 pm

  9. 20 marleysperson
    July 27, 2020 at 5:41 pm

  10. 21 jer44
    July 27, 2020 at 5:45 pm

  11. 22 marleysperson
    July 27, 2020 at 5:58 pm

  12. July 27, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for this heartwarming tribute. Bless your poetic heart JOBoomer. You captured today beautifully.

  13. 25 jer44
    July 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm

  14. July 27, 2020 at 6:08 pm

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  16. July 27, 2020 at 6:28 pm

  17. 31 pkayden
    July 27, 2020 at 6:43 pm

  18. July 27, 2020 at 6:44 pm

  19. July 27, 2020 at 6:58 pm

  20. July 27, 2020 at 7:08 pm

  21. 36 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    🚨Heads up everyone! This is important. Please care what sanitizer you use! 🚨

  22. July 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    As with the rise of all Dictators, folk underestimate their single-minded pursuit of absolute power.

    If you’d like to know more about Don’s private army:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/27/trump-border-patrol-troops-portland-bortac

    BORTAC + Prince = a way more sophisticated Gestapo than anything Hitler could have ever dreamed of having.

  23. 38 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm

  24. July 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm

  25. July 27, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    “More concerning still is that the federal officers deployed in Portland, ostensibly to protect federal property, were spearheaded by an elite unit, the border patrol tactical unit.
    Better known as Bortac, it is a quasi-militarised outfit equivalent to the Navy Seals.
    Todd Miller, the author of Empire of Borders, has dubbed Bortac as “the robocops of US border patrol”.
    (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/27/trump-border-patrol-troops-portland-bortac)

  26. 45 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    👇🏾

  27. 46 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 8:22 pm

  28. 47 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 8:23 pm

  29. July 27, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Bless Nerdy & TOD. Much love 💞

    Saw a post from Bobfr & I once more was floored! Had no idea Chris Dodd was on vetting team. If so, isn’t discrete the name of the game? Get outta here! Then I read this article (spoiler alert: best punchline is at end) 😂:

    https://www.pajiba.com/politics/trash-former-senator-chris-dodd-is-out-there-trying-to-sabotage-kamala-harris-vp-chances.php

  30. 49 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 8:54 pm

  31. 50 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 8:55 pm

  32. 51 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    OMG, I never heard of him before today, but I love him!

  33. July 27, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    🎶Nothing can break me down🎶 — Honorable John Lewis.

  34. 58 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 9:58 pm

  35. July 27, 2020 at 9:58 pm

  36. 60 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 9:59 pm

  37. 61 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 10:05 pm

  38. 62 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 10:07 pm

  39. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks to everybody who made such nice comments. Thanks again to our treasure ~ who goes by the name Nerdy darlin’!

  40. 67 jer44
    July 27, 2020 at 10:48 pm

  41. 68 Dudette
    July 27, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I literally gasped when CSPAN showed this angle early on before the casket arrived. Brilliant idea to have a camera there.

  42. 69 nena20409
    July 27, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Nerdy Wonka and JO’B are Fantastic. The thread is a Blessing. The Poem is Brilliant.
    Brava! Brava! Brava!
    Obrigada!😍🤗😍🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️
    3 Times A Lady🎶🥁🎶🥁.
    Lady🎶🥁🎶🥁.

  43. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    I’m almost 74 years old and I’m sick of these questions. LOL!

  44. July 28, 2020 at 2:43 am

  45. 73 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 3:49 am

    🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔😘

  46. July 28, 2020 at 4:41 am

  47. July 28, 2020 at 8:56 am

    You know, something USEFUL that would actually inform voters.

  48. 77 jer44
    July 28, 2020 at 9:54 am

  49. 78 jer44
    July 28, 2020 at 10:01 am

  50. 79 jer44
    July 28, 2020 at 10:18 am

  51. 80 jer44
    July 28, 2020 at 10:26 am

  52. 81 jer44
    July 28, 2020 at 10:32 am

  53. 82 marleysperson
    July 28, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Morning everyone

  54. 83 jer44
    July 28, 2020 at 10:34 am

  55. 85 marleysperson
    July 28, 2020 at 10:50 am

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      July 28, 2020 at 11:35 am

  56. July 28, 2020 at 11:21 am

    “Looks like Trump is rehearsing for martial law.”
    “Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle talks about how Donald Trump’s deployment of federal forces in Portland and other cities has antagonized protesters and made circumstances worse for city officials.”
    (https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/seattle-mayor-looks-like-trump-is-rehearsing-for-martial-law-88367685828)

    • July 28, 2020 at 11:22 am

      “Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civil functions or suspension of civil law by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency where civil forces are overwhelmed, or in an occupied territory. Martial law can be used by governments to enforce their rule over the public.”(wiki)
      —-U.S. military must say No to Trump.

  57. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    July 28, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I tried for 2 mins. to watch the Barr hearing but then I got a look at his face, so NO WAY.

    This tweet response at the bottom sums it up.

    • July 28, 2020 at 11:59 am

      I cannot bring myself to watch this despicable scumbag lie about everything he’s doing. UGH, I just can’t.

      • 91 jacquelineoboomer
        July 28, 2020 at 12:44 pm

        I cannot, either. He needs to slither back under his rock. Kills me because I want the truth out there, not that he’d provide it but maybe he’d be caught in more lies that would make immediate jail time the only answer. Ugh. #INeedChocolate

        • July 28, 2020 at 1:04 pm

          I dearly hope that someday in the not too distant future these treacherous criminals are brought to real justice. Every single last one of them.

      • 93 COS
        July 28, 2020 at 1:56 pm

        I can’t watch either. Not in the mood for sh&& show and lies.

      • 95 mtmarilyn
        July 28, 2020 at 3:02 pm

        I tried to watch some of it but I can’t handle all the lying. I’m watching Law and Order instead.

  58. July 28, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Major Adam DeMarco,
    D.C. National Guard and Iraq War veteran will testify (today):
    “in front of the House Natural Resources Committee that he observed a brutal law enforcement reaction against protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.”
    Copy of Major DeMarco’s prepared testimony with details of what happened in Lafayette Square:
    Here: (https://naturalresources.house.gov/imo/media/doc/Mr.%20Adam%20DeMarco%20-%20Written%20Testimony_.pdf)
    –giant thanks to Major DeMarco, wow.

  59. 98 marleysperson
    July 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    IMO, best one yet

  60. July 28, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    The stunning scholar Timothy Snyder’s “The Road to Unfreedom”… I haven’t read it all and plan to do so.
    He opens with ‘the politics of inevitability”:
    “The politics of inevitability is the the idea that there are no ideas.
    Those in its thrall deny that ideas matter, proving only that they are in the grip of the powerful one. The cliché of the politics of inevitability is that “there are no alternatives” To accept this is to deny individual responsibility for seeing history and making change. Life becomes a sleepwalk to a remarked grave in a prepurchased plot.”

    • July 28, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      This has given me some perspective
      on why the EFF this administration will not ACT to prevent the coming untold thousands
      of preventable American COVID-19 deaths:
      = No new knowledge for eternity, only the politics of the dear leader.
      = Your life is now over. Give up your life for the exalted leader.
      = The exalted leader is perfect. He will not change his mind or admit he is wrong.
      Joining the dots between today’s COVID-19 catastrophe in the U.S. and the inevitable devastation which is looming…Trump will not act nohow no matter how many die…no DPA…no national leadership.
      No past, no future, only the brilliance of the leader who is eternally perfect, and no new ideas are permitted.

    • July 28, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      correction: “premarked grave”.

  61. 103 jer44
    July 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

  62. July 28, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    “You Can’t Play Catch In The Middle Of A Fire”: Chris Hayes on Major League Baseball’s coronavirus crisis:
    “This is a business that has everything going for it. Every resource it needs, every incentive to open safely.
    And their plan has basically not survived first contact with the virus.”
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmsFR2iu8p0)
    –South Korea acted fast. They’ve had around 300 deaths TOTAL.
    –South Korea now has in-person baseball.

  63. 109 nena20409
    July 28, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Good Afternoon, TODbots.😍🤗🙇‍♀️🌹💐🌹🥁🎶💙💜
    I hope all are doing well.
    I made a decision yesterday to do my very best & Never to be attempted into distractions by Bill Barr, GOP, or Trumpery until 03Nov2020. It will be difficult. I will try my darndest to live up to this.

  64. July 28, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    what is this about taking a selfie in front of a casket….

  65. July 28, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    What is the reason that even now Trump and his administration refuses to address the corona virus…refuses to come up with a plan…knowinng that unless the virus is addressed…the economy will not get back on track

  66. 112 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 1:54 pm

  67. 113 marleysperson
    July 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Head’s up, Michigan!

  68. July 28, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Judy Beard, Legislative and Political Director American Postal Workers Union talks to Hayes:
    Beard:
    “Postal workers take pride in going to work every day during this pandemic. They take pride in serving the America people, and they know how to service mail, they know how to get the mail out. We have more packages than we normally have but they deal with that every Christmas…
    The (Trump-appointed) Postmaster General…(slowing down the mail)…it is obvious what he’s trying to do, but we need to do something about this. Congress can do something about this.”

    • July 28, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Hayes: “We’ve seen reports about slower mail…This is a memo that was put out to supervisors inside the Postal Service outlining changes to the system under that had come in under the new management. And one of the things that it says is “Temporarily we may see mail left behind or mail on the workroom floor…”
      What are they doing to the mail that is making it get worse?”

    • July 28, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Beard:
      “(Now) their supervisor says “Leave that mail where it is. Leave it in that tray. Leave it in the boxes and go to lunch. Go home!”—deliberately changing the way the workers process the mail, deliberately to slow it down which is terrible…All we need is Congress the bi-partisan Senate, to say “hey give the Postal Service $25 billion…that’s what we need. All COVID related. Because the postal employees are sick, they’re at home some of them. But the ones that come to work want to get the mail out…but they’re just leaving it (as instructed).”

    • July 28, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Hayes: “So basically you’ve got the (new Trump-appointed) Postmaster General saying
      ‘for budgetary reasons we’re going to put new processes in place to increase efficiency, which is going to slow down mail, and probably increase error-rates in terms of mail getting left behind’. People who have been working there for a long time saying ‘No this is not the way we do things here. We get people their mail.’ The Postmaster saying ‘well…we don’t have money, we’ve got to cut corners’. And the solution, which is that given the trillions of dollars flowing out the door, that this essential service could be funded fully by the U.S. government – to take away this problem. That’s what I’m hearing from you.”
      Beard:
      “All COVID related…the Post Office is spending money on overtime, on PPE, they’re spending money on plastic that’s up so people won’t get sick…they have COVID related expenses…we know the Trump Administration is trying to privatize the Post Office. So this is another way of trying to degrade the service that the American people deserve.”


  69. July 28, 2020 at 2:29 pm

  70. July 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    “Have you ever seen John Lewis dance?

    Ever have the joy of listening to C.T. Vivian read poetry?

    The world lost two icons last week when the civil rights leaders died hours apart on July 17.

    In all of the tributes and celebrations that marked their lives, it was clear how the arts and music impacted their lives.

    From the paintings, books and sculptures that lined their Atlanta homes, to the music they listened to.”

  71. 120 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    More accolades for President and Mrs. Obama’s film production company! 💃🏾🕺🏾💃🏾🕺🏾💃🏾🕺🏾

  72. 121 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 3:22 pm

  73. 122 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    The ‪Oscar winning documentary American Factory has also picked up 3 emmy nomi‬nations.

  74. 123 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 3:29 pm

  75. 124 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 3:30 pm

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  77. 128 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 3:38 pm

  78. 129 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 4:17 pm

  79. 130 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Love her!

  80. 131 Dudette
    July 28, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Yay Keenan and Maya!

  81. July 28, 2020 at 4:42 pm


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