Waking Up to Realism

by Trina Williams-Emigh

I was forced to accept you
Whether I wanted to or not
I suffered heartache and pain at your hands
I fought for freedom and rights
I lost my heritage and had to reclaim it
I not only turned the other cheek,
But embraced you
I allowed you within
I gave you my body and my strength
My knowledge and my wisdom
My children and my heart
I don't always like you
I don't always like the things you say or do
Yet I have accepted, that I have to live, with you
But you, Your always initiating brutality on me
You beat me
You shoot me
And now your dragging me through the streets
Tearing me to pieces
Tearing me apart
Despite the facts
Despite our past
I don't commit hate crimes against you
This leads me to the knowledge
That I am better than you
I think it's something, You always knew
And in all these years
You've tried to catch up
But you can't
So your more angry now
Than ever before
Don't hate me
Just accept me
As I have you

Waking Up to Realism by Trina Williams-Emigh

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