Pay tribute to statues claiming it is history
But if a brother take a knee
The media screams blasphemy
Listen there’s been a virus going on since the start of time
May not be impacting you but it has from time to time affected me and mine
“The news makes it seem so awful”
It is awful.
Your privilege just afforded you a different view
“Oh so now it’s about race?”
Hasn’t it always in all ways
& How can anyone win
When you’ve already passed the finish line before the flag was waved
See this “dream” wasn’t designed for people like me and mine
So from time to time I get in my mind about me and mine
Feet planted firm on the ground
Try to make you feel you don’t belong
Even been told: “go back where you came from”
Here I am and here to stay for ancestors yours brought this way
Your words may be sharp but they claim no victory
This is where the shackles break on generational bigotry
“You are so articulate and speak so eloquently- where are you from?”
Oh did my image give you an assumption of dumb?
Did I not give you enough urban culture?
That you could bite off of you fucking vulture
To laugh at then imitate
Then claim as your own #appropriate
Let me chill, let me chill, let me chill
Nah- whats the deal? Keep it real. Let them feel.
Suck my bottom lip in
Biting down till it is numb
I take a deep breathe …
Then exhale before I blow a gasket
This shit is tragic
If I pressed you like you press me
There would be a press release
She is stoic
So sick of the hypocrisy
Then she realizes it’s our job to speak up in the face of adversity
Solidarity if you hear me –Just for clarity.
A blended family woman choosing to share the journey of self-love, motherhood, marriage, some things that fuel fear and most of what feeds the soul through poetry and story telling.