South End Stew: Charleena

we can not rest in peace.

South Seattle Emerald

by Kiana Davis

Years ago

I served Charleena Lyles

in my classroom

a room filled with

resilient dreamers

Students just like her 

that believed the hope I held in my eyes

for them

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Published by Poet Kiana Davis

Kiana Davis was born and raised in Richmond, California. She began writing poetry at the age of 12 to grapple with growing up in a low income community and to help her develop her identity as a young black girl in America. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an educator teaching at-risk youth in Washington State.

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