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I'm Still Here

by Misty Rae 2 months ago in social commentary
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Because I AM The World, All Year Long

I'm Still Here
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All the world's a stage

And we are merely players,

Or, so the story goes.

But when the action stops,

And the music fades,

When the house lights flick on,

Brilliantly exposing the gritty theatre,

I'm still here.

A woman-child born in sin,

Of sin,

To become sin.

An abomination.

The subject of hushed-tone whispers,

And side-eyed nods.

From those claiming to be "in the know."

Yet beautiful,

Brilliant,

Born of love,

From love

to love and be loved.

My father and I

My story is as old as time,

Beginning on the West African plains,

The lush green hills of Scotland,

And the vast fertile soil of the New World.

I am the stolen and the thief,

I am the oppressor and the oppressed,

I am the master and the servant,

I hold the lash yet feel its searing sting.

A child of slaves.

Kin to the masters.

My history is world history.

And I'm still here.

My 6th great grandfather, Paris O'Ree's Bill Of Sale

When the marching stops,

And the band goes home,

When the slogans and t-shirts disappear,

I'm still here.

I'm more than a month.

I'm more than a player.

I'm more than the show.

I AM the stage.

I AM the world.

And I'm still here,

All. Year. Long.

My Ethnicity Map Based On My DNA Courtesy of Ancestry DNA

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About the author

Misty Rae

Retired legal eagle, nature love, wife, mother of boys and cats, chef, and trying to learn to play the guitar. I play with paint and words. Living my "middle years" like a teenager and loving every second of it!

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  • Kendall Defoeabout a month ago

    All the world's a page; and we are merely readers... Sorry, I just really like this one and want to know more about what inspired it...

  • Seriously Caringabout a month ago

    I am 1/8th African and European (by the other 7/8ths). https://vocal.media/psyche/life-after-severe-writer-s-block

  • Yuley Burrow2 months ago

    Inspiring

  • This poem was very well written and well done. Thank you for such a beautiful piece.

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    Wow! That was heartfelt and well done :)

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    This surged with life! Loved it. 😁

  • Nicole Caldwell2 months ago

    This is beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  • Wowww I especially loved your alteration of beginning into a powerful ending

  • A wonderful poetic journey

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    Loved it. Congrats on Top Story

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    You nailed it!!! Loving thisπŸ’–πŸ’•A winner!!!πŸ–’

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Wow. That's fantastic. Love it.

  • Michele Hardy2 months ago

    Beautiful poem. Absolutely love this!

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