Patrice Watley Williams/Poetic Lyricist
Black me up!
2020, Came in with a crash,
Daring us to breathe
As we started anew, bereaved
A choke hold to the throat
I thought I told you to stay woke
A vengeance to break
And reveal what was already broke.
2020, living unsettled
Deadly virus in the air
Lurking, taunting us with a perplexed death stare,
Go ahead, breathe if you dare.
From losing lives to a deadly virus
Continued examples of black lives don’t matter!
Yes, they say all lives matter
But understand, Black Lives Matter.
Tame them, chain them, or change them.
Oh! this is 2020, Lie on Them, Deny Them, Jail Them,
Film “Them” Choking Them! Hmmm
Will it ever change?
I don’t know but keep saying their names.
I was not the first to stand up
But.. I.. am.. still standing..
Fighting the Good Fight, with Good Trouble,
with our Beloved Brother.
Thought I was up, on my way to my life’s mission
2020, smear campaigning my life’s vision.
Searching for my place as I magnify my faith
I.. am.. still standing.. in God’s grace.
You hear defeat? No that’s God’s voice saying sister, stand on your feet.
As we question Him in our current existence,
Know that He keeps you standing in every existence
Even in our resistance.
Elevated you when no one was in your rear-view mirror,
Wakanda Forever! Can I be any clearer?
See I know fear
Stared it straight in the eye
Turning and churning inside myself
Walked and crawled, afraid but brave
Weak at times but strong in faith.
We are no longer walking away in the quiet silence
No longer giving in to the silent cycle of loving our culture, but not our color,
Exhausted from trying to make you see the beauty,
The strength, the love, the genius, the melanin in me.
Through my highest highs and my lowest lows
I am not walking away
I stand for you, I stand with you, I AM YOU…
Standing together, let’s shatter this sequel
Stop taking and taking, you see
With our current affairs, again, we have proven to be equal.
Adding the empowerment of Juneteenth
Still loving our black lives, still living our black lives
Joining hands, fist to fist, united in faith.
Black me up! and God will back you up!
On this powerful journey
To Black Lives Matter!
Patrice Watley Williams,
Outreach Committee Chair/ http://www.iwillsurviveinc.org
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