In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, TNB Poetry has created this space for BIPOC voices to shine. We will be publishing work by Black poets daily.  Black Lives Matter.


You take my breath
So you can
Breathe
Deeply
Safely
In your privilege
My air
No air
Now in my lungs
Because I’ve been
Holding my tongue
A word spoken…
Loudly
Meekly
Or “articulately”
Breeds fear
Helpless
Powerless
Hopeless
I feel it all
But it still
Doesn’t bring
You ease
Until I just don’t
Exist
Anymore
Or
Just remain
An excuse
To hurt & harm
You Matter
I Matter
In your mind
As a threat
You tremble
At the thought
Of me finding
My legs
My history
My worth
My right
My community
So I have to breathe…
Gulp oxygen
For those
Who can’t
Or had it stolen
Ancestors
Fill me with
A strength
I thought I couldn’t find
My hands push
Me up
From the ground
And I find the will
To fight another
Day

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