too ebony

black lives will always matter

too ebony
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You ever seen ebony bodies line ivory streets like railroad tracks?

The bones crinkle under the weight of their blue boots

You ever seen the ebony palms faced upwards like tiny knives up to God

Black gasps for air at the face of white men

White boys grow in white suits

You will never catch a hint of dirt on that

Cause see color

It's too dirty

Flavor is too spicy

Too strong

Surprised they could touch us

Touch us without gagging

They take their knee on the foundation of our bodies

Black babies grow like flowers covered in shade

That ebony

That designer skin

It can't blossom

When it's blocked by an eggshell sky

But remember

You can't crack colored clouds

And expect rain

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