freedom.: BLACK POETRY

9/1/2018

Destiny S. Harris

freedom.: BLACK POETRY

9/1/2018

They beat us in the open

They incarcerate us to teach us a lesson

They shoot us in the back

They shoot us because we are black

Black Lives Matter

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#Poems #Hatred

9/2/2018

It doesn’t matter if you’re innocent

What matters is the color of your skin

It doesn’t matter if you’re fault free

What matters is your pedigree

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#Poems #Justice

9/3/2018

Dead under 22

Is nothing new

Black and young

They beat us

Until we’re numb

Shoot me in the back

Because I’m black

Justice ain’t served

Your skin color gives you the nerve

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#Poems #Love

9/4/2018

You can touch me

But I can’t touch you

You can lie and cheat

But I can never have deceit

You’re always right

I’m always wrong

You’re white

But you love our song

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#Poems #BlackCulture

9/5/2018

That shit…

Bit me in the ass

I’m doing 15

Cause I was seen

I’m stuck in this cage

Don’t matter my age

Don’t matter if I’m right

Don’t matter if I’m wrong

What matters is I’m black

My record is done

I ain’t never gonna know my son

Black Lives Matter

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#Poems #TheJusticeSystem

9/6/2018

Institutionalized

Right before our eyes

I thought slavery was over

What happened to what we fought for

Racism is still going strong

Being black is still wrong

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#Poems #RacismStillExists

9/7/2018

They fear us

Because of what society teaches

We fear them

Because of their privilege

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#Poems #WhitePrivilege

9/8/2018

The color of skin

Is the measurement of men

Coffee’d skin

Gets beaten

Ivory skin

Gets praised like heaven

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#Poems #SkinColor

9/9/2018

These tears I cry

Have felt some pain

In this cage

I’m pushed to insane

_

I barely stand

With thorough fear

Nail in my hands

Jesus are you here?

_

I see you pray

Through a crack

I can barely breathe

I’m in the sack

_

I can’t hide now

Privacy gone

I’m with myself

Feeling forlorn

_

Are you there?

Can you hear me?

Are you there?

Fighting for me

_

The air brushes your face

But I can’t breathe

You feel the wind

While I suffocate

_

When will I go

And where will I stay

Who will love me

And who will pray

_

Why did this happen

And how are you here

You’re always there

And you’re always near

_

The snow falls down

Like tears on my face

The snow falls down

Like my own condemned race

_

I’m losing it

I can’t go on

I’m dying inside

My cause is gone

_

Why am I here

There is nothing left

Why am I here

Today I wept

_

Help me help me

I’m drifting away

I’m no one now

On my knees I pray

_

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#Poems #Incarceration

9/10/2018

5 times stronger

Half a year longer

We aren’t somber

We are stronger

_

5 months have gone by

We are here and alive

We look up to the sky

Into the ocean we dive

_

As five we stand

As a unit our strength is infinite like the sand

Covering us in His hand

He’ll never forsake us

He has a plan

_

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#Poems #FamilyIsEverything

9/11/18

Until it’s taken away

You think little of it

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#Freedom

9/12/18

I was asleep, but now I’m awake

I was so still, but now I feel

I was numb, but now life has begun

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#Poems #Choices

9/13/18

I wait and pray

I wait throughout the day

I wait for His final say

I wait knowing it will be okay

I wait on my knees I stay

I wait to know the right way

I wait for my mind to clear the gray

I wait

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#Poems #Patience #Hope

9/14/18

As tears roll down my face

I am trusting that the morning will come

As regret fills my face

I am trusting that the morning will come

As I sigh fearing I’ve shamed my race

I am trusting that the morning will come

As I’m accused because of my race

I am trusting that the morning will come

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#Poems #Patience #Hope

9/15/18

The man who is removed from society

She expected him to crumble, to go mad in his isolation

The man who is removed from society

She expected him to be filled with resentment and hatred at her, at God, at society

Little does she know that this man is stronger than the others

Little does she know that when she removed this man from society, he will rise, not fall

The man who is removed from society

Little does she know removing this man from society only makes him stronger, better than ever

The man who is removed from society

Little does she know removing this man from society will be the greatest thing she could ever do to this man

The man who is removed from society

Little does she know that by removing this man from society, she has given him a gift — a gift of enlightenment and a fresh start

The man who is removed from society

This man, coerced into seclusion, quickly recognizes just how surrounded he is

The man who is removed from society

For he recognizes he is truly not alone. In fact, his support system is amplified. For he is not alone

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#Poems #Resilience

Inspired and written by: P.D. Harris

9/16/18

Their skin color is their shield

Their skin color put us in the field

Their skin color puts them first

Our skin color leaves us with unquenchable thirst

Their skin color is what blinds them

Our skin color makes them find us

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#Poems #BlackSkin

9/17/18

I weep myself to sleep tonight

I pray that God will hear my cry

My eyes are wet

My heart is heavy

I fear my life

Is gone from every

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#Poems #Despair

9/18/18

On my knees I pray

Hear me God, I say

Hold me close

Don’t let go

Storms are near

God stay here

Keep me warm

Prevent the harm

Protect me now

Show me how

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#Poems #Prayer

9/19/18

God is gracious

God is kind

God is with me

All the time

God is here

God is near

God is with me everywhere

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#Poems #Prayer

9/20/18

Your inhibition is no coincidence

You were raised to never see innocence

You walk by with more fear

After each year and after each year

You claim you’re not

Until you’re caught

You don’t even know

But your silent racism has an echo

Black Lives Matter

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#Poems #SilentRacism

9/21/18

All lives matter

But it’s okay to say

Black Lives Matter, Too

Black Lives Matter

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#Poems #BlackLivesMatter

9/22/18

As I come out the womb

The gun goes boom

I don’t have a chance

My future is in their hands

Black Lives Matter

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#Poems #BlackLivesMatter

9/23/18

When challenges come

Wait

When life is pressing you down

Wait

When you’re crying inside

Wait

When pain overtakes you

Wait

When addiction haunts you

Wait

When sin catches you

Wait

When all seems lost

Wait

When you don’t count the cost

Wait

When you make a mistake

Wait

When you lose faith

Wait

When you don’t know what’ll happen

Wait

When you’re about to give up

Wait

When you can’t hear God

Wait

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#Poems #Patience

9/24/18

Roses are red

But slavery is black

Why was this country built by my back?

Violets are blue

But skin color ain’t new

Reparations were asked for

But nothing ensued

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#Poems #Slavery #Reparations

9/25/18

Let me take back

My one mistake

Instead of having you watch

My whole life break

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#Poems #Injustice

9/26/18

In pieces I came

In pieces I leave

Generational stuff

Has left me maim

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#Poems #AfricanAmericans #Slavery #Generations

9/27/18

The hardest part

was seeing him sad

The hardest part

was seeing him get mad

The hardest part

was watching his dependency

The hardest part

was witnessing their indecency

The hardest part

was witnessing their codependence

The hardest part

was seeing he had no independence

The hardest part

was seeing them fall

The hardest part

was getting that call

The hardest part

was watching it all

The hardest part

was not catching the ball

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#Poems #Trauma

9/28/18

All I see are clouds

On a sunny day

I’m always gone

far somewhere away

I look both ways

possibly too much

I think what my heart is carrying

is getting to be too tough

The fear almost lost me

But I found myself in time

God saved me

He showed me a sign

I think I found hope

when i thought all was lost

The sun came out

When I was surrounded by frost

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#Poems #Freedom

9/29/18

When you’re angry

Channel it wisely

Don’t sin in your rage

Become like a sage

Fight with your intelligence

Never with ignorance

Counter their hate

By creating your own fate

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#Poems #Empower

9/30/18

We are all meant to love and respect each other

But so few of us realize it