So, I haven't written poetry in FOREVER! However, in light of the current happenings in the news, I felt the need to write a poem. It is entitled, "Can We Be Black Now?" Let me know your thoughts below! :)
Can We Be Black Now?
Black. Brown. Ebony. Chocolate.
Rich, full of glowing melanin that is often defaced
An array of precious tones that is often vandalized
Shattered from the killings of the seeds that God planted within us
Scarred from the torture of gazing down barrels that end our metamorphosis
Can we grow now? No? Okay.
High yellow. Dark-skinned. Light-skinned. Sun-kissed.
Skin so full of life, yet marked by the past
Captivating complexions that aren’t allowed to flourish
Doomed by labels placed on our daughters to chain their lives
Misguided by unexplainable anger and confusion
Can we live now? No? That’s fine.
Caramel. Pecan tan. Mahogany. Mocha.
They may not appreciate our light, our love, or our fight
But you cannot stunt the growth of a rose planted by God’s hands
You cannot block the light of a sun that never goes down
Cast your energy elsewhere, our radiance can’t be dulled
Can we be black now? Indeed, we can be. We shall be. We will be.