This time is different
unlike the peaceful, pragmatic
vision and
version
brought to you by Martin,
this time will be different.
Do you know how it feels
to be Black in America?
to wake up Black
in a world marked
by racists
like a rabid dog’s piss on a tree?
Now the hoods aren’t
needed
and my second amendment rights
are NOT the same as yours.
I have the right to be
shot down by the very
person sworn to protect
me
because,
I was born black in America.
But, I’m not Martin.
I’m paying attention.

I hear your calls
no longer hidden in the night
no longer fearing decency.
I feel your blows
no longer striking from a distance
no longer fearing humanity.
I know your rage
no longer hindering your words
no longer taming your hate.
But, I’m not Martin.

I will answer your calls
with words and battle cries of my own.
I will take your blows
as long as mine strike you hardest
and last.
I am the rage
no longer hidden by the false
security society created.
I am the monster your daddy told you to fear
the dually-educated
fervently vocal
and unabashedly proud
Black woman threaded so intricately
into the pattern of
your society
that to pull my string
would unravel this world.
The edges are frayed because
I’m not Martin.
Know that hate you feel
made me who I am
at this very moment.

Now,
let me return the favor.

Say bye to Martin as you welcome
Stokely,
Fred,
Marcus,
Malcolm,
and Angela.

This time, we will either finish
or there will be no peace.

Deny
Focused

11 thoughts on “Finishing the Revolution

  1. Melody Thomas says:

    Stay woke!!! Love this!

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    1. Ashallah Adams says:

      I love this! It’s phenemonal !!! I can’t put into words what I’m trying to say!! Please share this with the world !!!!!

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  2. Phenomenal and so necessary. Ugh I felt this within my melanin. I almost feel inspired to write a poem again.

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    1. Emeka says:

      *almost feel inspired… Then I have failed you. LOL. Write again. Writing is the only therapy that I know for escaping this mad, mad world,

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      1. Oh nah love! Trust you beyond succeeded lol. I have just had a treacherous year and writer’s block. You’re right. It is therapeutic. I used to publish/release under the name LD Henriquez before I went incognito. But this poem reiterated what is an important, neglected part of me.

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      2. I actually wrote one called ‘Brave’ on here. It’s a micro-poem but you somewhat sparked the inspiration again.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I shall look forward to reading what you write!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. NimRiel says:

    Hi! I really enjoyed this! Over at my blog ‘Between the Lines’, November’s theme is ‘Revolution’. I do a weekly feature for other artists/writers to showcase their work. Would you mind if I reblogged this?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Emeka says:

      You can most definitely reblog it and anything else you like. Thanks.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. NimRiel says:

    Reblogged this on Between the Lines and commented:
    Our first feature for November’s ‘Revolution’ theme is this powerful poem by Emeka.

    Liked by 1 person

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