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Name: B
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Hometown: anchorage,alaska
Home country: usa
Current location: ak
Member since: Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:49 PM
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"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

That quote inspired me that year. I was suffering from a serious bout of depression and it touched me inside. I realized in that moment that I could do whatever the fuck I wanted to. And it felt good to me as a black woman to free myself from the mental prison that our society forces onto Black Americans. No longer are we the char women, the floor scrubbers, the housemaids. My mind was free.

Now, I do do whatever the fuck I want. Just like a white person. Feels so good to hold my head up high and know I am just a valuable as the rest. And that I owe nobody anything that I don't owe to myself first. I changed. And it was good.

America the Free

Twas a time of despair
A breathless sigh,
a strangled cry
A whispered prayer


Untaxed loosies on the low
Swisher sweets on the floor


Abhorrent no knock warrant
Stop and frisk,
cuff the wrist
A taste of torment


Young boy playing in the park
A bullet hits the mark


Mothers of black boys cry
They stain his name,
ignore her pain
A life song unfinished


Fumbled gun in the stairwell
A father fell, her mother’s hell


Your spacious skies tell big lies
Of amber waves through
teargas haze


From sea to Shining sea


Purple mountains and
separate fountains
Bear fruits of pain
and violent shame


America the Free

When Justice died

When justice died that day
I cried for oh so long
I looked for liberty and freedom
And sang a sad sad song


Justice had been ill
For all of my life
Oppression and bigotry
Her struggle and her strife


She stood upon a hilltop
Saying she, was there for all
Just as soon as I reached her
Lady Justice took a fall


Her wrist were shackled
There was blood on her sleeve
The last thing she said was,
‘Get off me, I can’t breathe!"


There would be no trial
No jury to be sat
For the ones who killed Justice
Were policemen on attack

When Justice died that day
I cried for oh so long
I buried her with Liberty and Freedom
And sang our sad, sad, song

For me too. Help me cope.

I wrote one that made me feel better for a day this summer.

Here, I never finished it all the way.


If I had white privilege, I would know that it was there
It would be so obvious, I could see it everywhere
I would have never been stopped, while walking up my street
And had my person searched, from my head down to my feet


No one would ever say, you speak well, for your kind
Or told me that my possessions, could not possibly be mine
I would never have been told, to go back to from where I came
And even if it happened, it just wouldn’t feel the same


If I had white privilege I would use it all the time
How could I but help it, the Privilege would be fine
If I shared my privilege with other folks I know
Then I could make easier, the burdens that they tow



One day I'll finish and post it on a white privilege battle thread.

Blue

I never noticed this group until recently. I am in the process of getting together a collection and am adding more works to it. I wanted to share this one.


I had always wondered
what it would be like to
be someone else.
When I was little,
I would close my lids
Slip into the skin of another,
see the world through
a different pair of eyes.
Feel what they feel,
taste their mouth in mine,


See if they see colors the same.
You know?
Like,
What does blue look like to you?


I asked a man who was colorblind.
But he was high at the time.
And,
I never make sense, so
I left it alone. Though,
he did let me know
that,


Colors do not look the same.
Shame.


After that,
I never did wonder what it would be like
to be someone else.
You know?
Because,
what would I do if I lost the color blue?

I wrote a poem for America and you all here on DU.

We call ourselves the free,
but we cannot free ourselves.
Open secrets,
hidden in plain sight,
dusty tomes on our shelves.
Our society is ill,
sick,
in disarray.
America,
America,
who are you today?


Police state holding the mighty men,
safe in their keeps.
Looking down upon us;
lowly peasants and sheep.
Power to the people!
The words, so strong,
are but air, from our lips.
Words are merely wind;
but wind powers ships.


Old men molded the world,
and shaped the past.
They wrote the history,
they won at last.
But what man has made,
was not made to stay…
The old days are dead,
Yet they haunt us this day.


Don’t tell me what you were,
or what you’ve done.
How much you’ve taken,
how much you’ve won.
Your money,
your might,
you own the day!
America,
America,
we are on our way.


Old wounds not healed,
have blistered
and burst!
Our souls cry out
in desolation
and thirst.
A lustful hope,
a needful want,
that on a summer day….
America,
America,
will change the way….


We use and abuse,
rig the game to lose,
separate the browns from the reds,
the pinks from the blues,
the lights from the darks,
with the blacks put away.
Oh, America,
America,
the games you play.


Time for us all
to reunify the race
there is but one –
the human
same face.
Together we are one;
but separate,
just dust.
America,
America,
America or bust.

My Heart Lives in Ferguson

My heart lives in Ferguson, in the streets that ran with blood
It gives a beat, for each of the feet, that walk those desperate streets
And if I make it to Ferguson, I will stand up straight and tall
And march along with my brethren and , oh, shall the mighty fall


Let us go to Ferguson, and stand us side by side
We will gather up the little ones, our living joy and pride
And when the acid burns our eyes, we shall keep them open
Know that though weak we seem, we never shall be broken


We came to you as hostages, taken from our land
And settled you us here with you, brought up by your hand
Set us free America, we are slaves no more
Yet the overseer never stays the lash, he would see us whipped and poor


Take a look at Ferguson, at the misery you have created
After all that we have done for you, we are yet still hated
Liberty and Sacrifice, we get one without the other
And when I die in your streets, who will help my Mother


Let us start with Ferguson, we have much to do
Strange Fruit blows in the breeze, and it’s all because of you
Move along America, the times they need to change
Before we all but disappear, like the Buffalo on the range

I think we all feel a bit hopeless right now. I don't know what else to do. Hopeless.

No hope


For the child


Growing up


On the wrong side


Of the racial divide.


Giving up, on the future


You can be, whatever you want to be


But not me.


I scare you by my presence


Grew too big, too tall, too black


To be trusted.


I feel your eyes on me,


Judging me an animal,


To be hunted.


Should I shuck, should I jive?


Just for the chance to stay alive?


Or just be me and die?


Nondescript faces,


They notice me not.


Except to see,


That they look different than me.


Folding myself within myself,


I try to fit in your box,


Like an animal caged,


Inside I seethe


Considered a danger


In the land of the Free


I’ll always be a stranger.

Time to write another poem about it.



Little by little, you prick my soul


With your needles of hate.


Slap, turn cheek, slap, turn cheek


I have run out of face.


As much as you words bruise me,


Your indifference wounds me more.


I have been wronged! An injustice I say!


You hurry to point your dirty finger my way.


Look at you! Your clothes, your hair,


Your style, your flair.


What did you do?


Was it your mouth,


Was it your glare?


You shouldn't have even been there!


Why must I


Be held to a higher standard


Than the next guy?


I know why.


When you look like me,


You toe the line


Or you die.


I am so pissed!!!!

Oh, America!

No hope


For the child


Growing up


On the wrong side


Of the racial divide.


Giving up, on the future


You can be, whatever you want to be


But not me.


I scare you by my presence


Grew too big, too tall, too black


To be trusted.


I feel your eyes on me,


Judging me an animal,


To be hunted.


Should I shuck, should I jive?


Just for the chance to stay alive?


Or just be me and die?


Nondescript faces,


They notice me not.


Except to see,


That they look different than me.


Folding myself within myself,


I try to fit in your box,


Like an animal caged,


Inside I seethe


Considered a danger


In the land of the Free


I’ll always be a stranger.

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