Not Borrowed

Here we are

Were we borrowed?

Where’re we from?

So much sorrow

(Our)

Ancestors

Bought?

No

Stolen

(Sold)

Caught

So distraught

Emancipated

“We’re free!”

Was ‘Proclaimated’

Briefly sated

Elated

Then sedated

Deflated

Late to the party

Invitation tardy

Things of worth

(Already)

Taken

Monopolies

In the make’n

Tried to get ours

(But)

By Government sanctioned

Discrimination Barred

Use the laws

Read the clause

Betrayed

Morality decayed

African diaspora

I adore ya

My “Brothers” and “Sisters”

Displaced

What a waste

Black peoples

Of the Worl(d)

ALL originate

From the Pearl

The Mother Land

“AFRICA”

We descend

Place of origin

Of all Men

Meaning this

We’re all kin

Only TOGETHER

Can we win

Spread around

Need to hold

OUR ground

When time is up

And life interrupts

Like a new birth

Our bodies go back

To the earth

What is your legacy?

What will it be?

Like this rhyme

Is mine

What’d you want

To leave behind?

In such a short

Relative time

Love?

Hate?

Indifference?

Wait!

No need

For Debate

Is it too much?

To ask for trust?

Mine is simple

Might make

A small dimple

I just want

“PEACE”

Fair police

Don’t you?

Time’s overdue

To

Get a clue!


By Terilyn Perry

Copyright 2019