Blackness

Blackness

I am immortal, invincible
But I will continue

to weaken if
my daughters insist
on dying, if
my sons continue
to rape and murder

But I am still here.
I was there
Watching
The Pyramids erected

in the sand

They cut out my tongue

to stop me from
speaking
to prevent my rule
of The People

But I am still here.
I was there
Feeling
The bite of leg irons
The sting of the lash
Blood seeping

running slowly from
the deep cuts in
my back

My soul has grown old,
But I am still here.
I was there
Illiterate
Illegitimate
Unwanted child
Unloved wife
Overworked husband
The men women children

that disappeared
silently unwillingly
into the night

But still here am I.
I was dragged from counters
buses, ballot boxes, schools
I was beaten bitten

sprayed gassed burned
and hung

But I am strong
And I can survive

only if my children
do not let me
die

I am still here.
For now.

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