Tuesday, July 26, 2016

love poem to the black lives matter movement

the fire next time
he said
the fire next time
bet


mother of the movement we see you
hold this federal fallacy of ferguson's
feet to the flame
on the names of your slain babies
we see you

baton rouge we see you
political prisons to cut off
the breath of your fire
we see you

south africa to dublin we see you
we all one black
struggling to get the scars off our back
we see you

florida we see you
breaking guns off
in autism's guardian
back down hands up in the fire
we see you

trans folk we see you
first one to the gun
last song sung
and if flames couldn't help it
we see you

oakland we see you
one blood strong
you shut it down
let it burn to the ground
we see you
breaker of police chiefs
suffer all mayors
we see you
vanguard of the (r)evolution
gentrifyer wet dream we see you

san francisco we see you
shirtless warrior women we see you

philly we see you
in the rubble of the MOVE of Africa we see you
in the wrist burns
of mumia we see you
in the talons of rizzo we see you
you quake the roots of justice
you shot bells of freedom
libate our ancestors ms. sanchez
libate sankofa
we see you

detroit we see you
from ford corrupted lands
we see you
through leaden waters
we see you
through riot smoke
a voice broke
grace lee boggs leading to (r)evolution
don't die
we see you

mother emanuel we see you
on slave floors in charleston we see you
hiding from fires like the
good girl grandma raised
we see you

black lives matter movement we see you
burning all reserves on picket lines
we see you
multicolored movement we see you
rageful love we see you
come back alive
we see you
don't lose one more
we see you

7th generation we see you
sold off in fraudulent bids
we see you
down enemy scopes we see you
our last and only hope we see you
drink the milk and run
we'll take their bullets
we see you

my people we see you
from the burning prairie
lawrence, fiery kansas
we see you

2 comments:

Rai Wilson said...

Powerful, Tai. Keep on keeping on.

Jessica Hadden said...

Chills. You have a beautiful voice.