Tone- the sound of culture screaming for freedom from the men who lack pigment and a conscience.
Brown skin standing up to black hearts
walking like thunder with arms locked
over the bridge for the right to be human.
Tears and song,
an ebony peace met
with blood and the oppression of
the red hot rage of entitlement.
1965 Lewis caused ' good trouble ' as Dr. King's dream spread to wake a nation,
yet and still white men kneel on Floyd's neck and take Breonna from her living room in a body bag
is not defined by a rainbow
because I choose a woman's breasts over course skin and hairy arms
No, it represents every spectrum of life
every shade of individuality
and should we bleed all hues together
we could paint the streets onyx
because we ALL have a pulse
PULSE : A memorial in Orlando where youth had their last dance in 2016 for their choice to LOVE.
2016-the same year Stacey took his life in a suburban bathroom with one copper bullet . He was told that HE is the wrong pronoun and after years of tiny blue pills for his ' mental illness ' he grew tired of fighting and left behind a son who will never understand
that his MOTHER was my BROTHER.
I celebrate THESE lives as I march the concrete streets of St. Petersburg for the right to live without a label or a stereotype.
I stand alongside my sisters and brothers of all nationalities and creeds
who honor the fight we all share
to our own degree
to breathe SAFE
among the ignorance of
a sleeping society.
" I wave my flag but never my rights in honor of myself, the living , and the souls lost but never forgotten in PRIDE of the HUMAN race "