the world folded in front of me when Collins said, "Nevertheless"
TO claim womanhood and 'championing' the rights of those left
left to give birth without choice, to rot inside
and at the turn of a comma, disregard your
people. your state. your country(wo)mens' fate.
to turn a key
to throw your sword to him,
there is a ****** in the highest court of the land
it is not 1514
on TODAY of ALL DAYS
when the streets are teeming
with rage and age-old wounds,
with truth for you.
we bellow our truth for evidence. we are living PROOF FOR YOU.
when half of the world is screaming, from their front lawns
classrooms, desk jobs
to the ruling class, we
p l e a d
write letters, leave voicemails,
wait outside til they return,
get arrested, demoralized just trying to get a word
So, we wait
Patience, is the strategy they say
"We’ll get to you one day! You chose us, and it’s our duty to listen!"
well look at where it’s brought us today
a ****** is our president
two rapists on the court of courts
they run our media outlets, they pay off the people in charge
and pay off their victims to silence us
and here we stand
in our 'Homeland'
survivors of the daily toil, just trying to eat, to make a safe home
we shift and pay our way through this unending maze
and WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE *****
we are walking wounds
and I do not feel safe
if this is home i want to GO
very far away.
We are silenced, our voices drown out.
We are beaten in our own homes.
Our opinions are unheard or unwanted. Our lives are unwarranted.
WE live and breathe this unjust air.
This is not when men had birthright to the land and a hand of a wife
this is not when black men were a fraction of a person
this is now
and it is the same.
when rich men have the birthright
to the key to our tomorrows
our childrens' and our childrens' children
this system has us suspended
merely a change of scenery
but not one rule has changed,
fundamentally, it is clear to me
we live a rigged game.