Faux Freedom – poem

faux freedom


oh country

bound & gagged by liberty

to thee i sing these words

stolen land of the free

terms & conditions apply

if skin & prayer & beloved don’t comply

cities my forefathers built

whose walls have restricted access

children my foremothers nursed

neglecting their own at the breast

downtrodden people have left

nothing freely to give

we reject

the directive to mourn our sons’ lives

before they have a chance to live

Sumayyah Talibah


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