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Updated: Nov 1, 2022

By Kadyn Washington, Virginia State University

Second-Place Winner, Poetry, 2022 VSU English Department Writing Contest

The sounds of gunfire masks the cries and screams

Take me away

Take me away from this place where plaster and paint meant more than flesh and blood

Away from a place where the neighbors mean more than the victim

Take me away from helplessness

Take me from this place where I can’t sleep peacefully without being a target

Away from this place where a black woman’s life is so unappreciated

And her justice for her death remains unseen

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Kadyn Washington, Virginia State University

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