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Free-ish

Juneteenth inspired poetry

By Joe PattersonPublished 28 days ago Updated 28 days ago 1 min read
Free-ish
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June 19, 1865, I was set free from being a slave, but ever since they’ve tried to keep me in a grave.

Black flesh is still rough. They took off the chains of old and replaced em’ with handcuffs

Yeah this lands rough. I withstand it tough.

When Black folk seek a promotion track the higher ups send adversity making sure that they can hold us back.

We know its facts, but we’re just trying to escape it. We paint it as easy but we just fake it til we make it.

They raise the bar against me with the most visible things, but they don’t know I have invisible wings.

1865, Black Americans were blessed to see free, but we’re still fighting to be free.

Maybe I’m not free, only free-ish. Freedom is real I can achieve this, Black children please receive this.

Our ancestors fought for centuries so we could live today. June 19, 1865, my Independence Day.

~~Dedicated to all of our heroes of Juneteenth.

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Joe Patterson

Hi I'm Joe Patterson. I am a writer at heart who is a big geek for film, music, and literature, which have all inspired me to be a writer. I rap, write stories both short and long, and I'm also aspiring to be an author and a filmmaker.

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Comments (6)

  • Tiffany Gordon 27 days ago

    Powerful & Truth-filled!

  • This is a beautiful poem in celebration of Juneteenth. Freeish I'd the right word. What's going on in America today is so sad. We are all one human being species My friend I have three African tribes in my DNA .

  • The Dani Writer28 days ago

    "Free-ish" is exactly the right word.

  • Joe, this is one of your best ever works. It tells the truth and it hits where it counts. Outstanding work!!!

  • Babs Iverson28 days ago

    Fantastic!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Christy Munson28 days ago

    Excellent ode!

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