#BlackPoetsSpeakOut: “They Say” by Denele D. Biggs
My name is Denele D. Biggs. I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people. I have a right to be angry. They Say is a poem I wrote in response to all of the senseless violence occurring by this nation. Click “Show More” to read poem:
They say imitation is the best form of flattery but they kill us.
….embrace the culture but not our lives
They say….he stole cigars.
Hands up. Don’t Shoot!
They say…..he has a criminal past. He broke up a fight.
His hands were up. He was put in a choke hold. We can’t breathe.
They say he pointed a BB gun.
We can’t breathe.
They ridicule. We hear snide remarks. We can’t breathe.
They say they do not understand the uproar. The protests. Our anger. We can’t breathe.
They joke and laugh. Complain about the die-ins.
What about our lives? We matter! We can’t breathe.
They don’t understand
And probably never will.
we Deserve, we Demand justice. we Can’t Breathe.
You are free.
YOU, walk among this earth freely while we,
black girls and boys, black women and men,
have died and are dying at your hands
We can’t breathe!
We cannot breathe!!
I can’t breathe!!!
© 2014 Denele D Biggs