NaPoWriMo 2017: Days 19-20

By: T.C. Harrison

Copyright 2017

XIX.

I respect myself

Enough to know

And understand that

My life matters.

I respect myself

Enough to believe

That I am enough

 

My clothes, hair and

Appearance are an

Extension of myself

And an expression

Of who I am

Not who you think

Or declare that

I ought to be

 

I respect myself

Enough to believe

That life, liberty and

The pursuit of happiness

In spite of not

Originally being intended

For my people

Is for us to grab

And hold on to

Never to let go

 

We have and

Continue to

“Do the work”

Despite being erased

Despite not being

Credited, despite them

Getting angry when

We succeed and outshine

The mediocre efforts

That are continually

Praised.

 

Yeah we do the

Fucking work.

We grind from

Monday to Friday

Work from Friday to Sunday

Us doing the work

Requires us to

Work twice as

Hard and earning

Half of what

They get

 

I respect myself

Enough to know

And understand that

There’s nothing wrong

With my baby afro

And negro nose

My skin tone

Whether dark, medium,

Light or whatever

Color of black the

Good Lord decided

To grace me with

Is beautiful and

No amount of

Bleaching will earn

The acceptance of

Folks-that I don’t

Need, want, or

Asked for-who

Hate and despise

My very existence

 

I respect myself

Enough to know

That the various

Rhetoric of respectability

Are a goddamn lie

And no amount of

Dressing, talking, acting,

Believing, etc. a

Certain kind of

Way will never

Bring back those

We’ve lost and

Won’t ever save

Our lives

 

I respect myself

Enough to know

And understand

That my life

Matters and no

Acts of respectability

Can ever discredit that

 

XX.

Nothing is shocking

Nothing is sound

With all of

This useless hype

That abounds

 

Too many events

Try to be profound

Killing off characters

Who eventually return

Back to town

 

Nothing is shocking

Nothing is sound

With all of

This useless hype

That abounds

 

Awesome trailers get

Us excited and

We think yeah

This movie’s lit

So often the

Film is shit

 

Nothing is shocking

Nothing is sound

With all of

This useless hype

That abounds

 

They say this

Person, place or

Product is the

Next big thing

But upon their

Arrival they’re not

Award winning

 

Nothing is shocking

Nothing is sound

With all of

This useless hype

That abounds

 

Everything under the

Sun isn’t always

Life changing or

Brand new they

Manipulate and alter

Them just to

Screw fool you

 

Nothing is shocking

Nothing is sound

With all of

This useless hype

That abounds

 

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