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Updated: Apr 26, 2021

by Dayana Lee




Red, white, and blue


Here come the sirens


Only to dance


With the little girls on the corner


There’s a war in the streets


Nobody speaks


And now a boy laying on the ground


Headlines


I made the headlines ma,


I’m finally famous


I even have a hashtag trending with my name


You did say I was an angel that i’d be special


so why you crying ma?


Officer Johnson,


he more famous than me though


headline stated “superhero officer kills black thug saves city“


when did I become a terrorist?


I was born black so i’m a threat


Grimm reaper done already written me nonexistent


when mom pushed me out we breed death?


I just wanted to see 18


but 15 saw me lay lifeless on a street I grew up on.


I died hearing them laugh at my cries for momma for pops for somebody to help


But justice knows no black.


They wanted me to fit the description


that they’ve made about black girls and boys


stop crying ma,


It’s not lonely it’s thousands of us up here.


Just make sure my little brothers and sisters


Are not engraved in the pavement outside our house too.


I still wish heaven could’ve waited for me


cause it’s getting a little cramped for space up here.


I asked God


why do they kill everything black?


It’s eerie


The way bullets just be in the wind now


searching for a black body to claim.


My people have become walking prisoners awaiting our death trials


I just hope that my people do me more justice than a hashtag.


Mommy you said God had a purpose for me was it death?


I had my hands up


and they still shot me


Mommy I did everything they asked


and they still killed me.


I knew it would be me.


I knew it would be.


I knew it would.


I knew it.


Momma. Don’t forget me please…

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