‘You’re forever in my heart’: Black Panther’s Letitia Wright pens moving poem for Chadwick Boseman
The actress honoured the late Chadwick Boseman in a heartfelt, spoken word tribute
The talented Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away on August 29, after a four year battle with colon cancer
He was best known for his groundbreaking roles in biopics exploring the lives of prominent black Americans, including baseball player Jackie Robinson and civil rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall.
His most famous role, though, was playing King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, the first mega-budget film to have an African American director and a predominantly black cast and the twelfth highest-grossing movie of all time.
Forever in my heart
Boseman’s co-star in the film Letitia Wright, who plays King T’Challa’s sister Shuri, was heartbroken at the news of his death.
And in response, she wrote a moving, spoken word poem in Boseman’s honour.
Wright posted the poem on her Instagram page with the caption: “For my brother”.
Read the full poem below:
“It is written, there is nothing new under the sun.
But the sun stood still that morning, refusing to shine.
Dark clouds surrounding, confusion setting in.
Tears flowing, rivers so deep
I didn’t know this is what I was waking up to,
my brother, an angel on earth, departed.
A soul so beautiful, when you walked into a room, there was calm.
You always moved with grace and ease.
Every time I saw you, the world would be a better place.
Words can’t describe how I feel, how we all feel,
that losing you was forced upon us, to accept this as a new reality.
I wish I got to say goodbye.
I messaged you a couple times, but I thought you were just busy.
I didn’t know you were dealing with so much.
But against all the odds, you remained focused on
fulfilling your purpose with the time handed to you.
And I’ll never forget the day that I met you,
before I got on the plane to LA for my first meeting with you.
God told me that you were my brother and that I am to love you as such,
and I always did, and I always will.
But now, my heart is broken, searching for old messages of exchange,
cards filled with your handwriting and memories of you
holding my hand as if it was for eternity.
I thought we had more time, and many more years to come,
for more laughter and for more moments of me picking on you on set.
Leaning my head on your shoulders in the front room, as Ryan gave us notes.
I thought this would be forever, this hurts.
I’m trusting God to heal all wounds.
It is also written that all things are made new,
there is light in the darkness.
Streams of living water flow, giving new life.
And all that’s left now is for us to allow all the seeds you’ve planted
on the earth to grow, to blossom, to become even more beautiful.
You’re forever in my heart.”
Feature image: Twitter/@chadwickboseman
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