Four for Justice

Statue of Edward Colston being pulled down from plinth.
Crowd hold banners.  Bristol buildings frame the scene.
Blue sky.
Statue of Edward Colston being pulled down from plinth. Crowd cheer and hold banners.
Bristol buildings frame the scene. Blue sky.

By George A. Ayres

Written on 25th January 2025

The Court is in session

For acts of suppression

Against four who stood tall

For good in the long haul

Four who fought for justice

Brave they encompass

The passion of justice

Against injustices

Tyrants inherent

Both past and present

From within slavers’ ships

All remember the whips

To deaths in custody

Cruelties abundantly

– – –

Summer saw a statue go for a swim

Winter witness wrath of unjust whim

They picked four to send a dressing, 

Down Against those that gave Bristol’s blessing

By removing that ill idol of a slaver 

History will fulfil for great justice’s favour

As we will now honour the brave calls

Just as honouring the protests of St Pauls

– – –

Stand for four for justice

Against the corrupted

We will judge those for chains

Revelling in making pains

They prefer us all to cower

Before their reigns of power

Silence is what they aim

Yet we won’t play their game

Silence on injustices

Is not our substances

We stand tall with the four

Who stood with justice’s chore

Stand against oppression

As Court is in it’s session

– – –

This poem was written by George, a member of BRIL.

The poem was a reaction to the Colston 4 case.

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