resolute…

resolute

i will have
no
brand upon my skin
whether
it
be
for
pledging allegiance
or
human bondage
neither
will serve
my
soul
nor
insure
one moment
of
my life
so
i
will have
no
cattle brand
upon
my skin
and
if branded
by
force
i shall
remove
that skin
even
if
death
surely
follows

 

 

repeatedly raped…

repeatedly raped

history of degradation
denial of family rights
rejection of equality
covert systems of bondage
black life in america

 

 

the grinding stone…

the grinding stone

western winds have subsided
death’s grinding stone lies idle
but as always hate’s winds will return
grinding racism will once again
turn innocent lives into funeral dust

10 to 6…

10 to 6

clock’s been locked
in that position for years
thought about rewinding it again
but it always stops at the same spot
like the history of racial freedom