Clothing Line

Hung out to dry 
We are finally seen
We've been crying out for help.
No
Attention?
No
Awareness?
No
Exposure.
Mmmm more like: Change!
Calling out for you to see the pressure binding us on each side,
in each aspect,
in each regard
The systemic oppression
Felt in class rooms, jail cells, hospital beds, even in the womb
They say diamonds are made in the rough
But this pressure is different
We don’t want it
We want change

It’s like we were set to get burned

The scorching heat
hottest at noon,
Noon, Midday
Midday
Midday
Mayday!
Mayday!
Mayday!

We are calling out for change

Remove the line;
Remove the noose!

Remove the line;
Remove the divide!

Remove the line;
Remove the stripes!

39 lashes for this?
Our men & women got that and more!
War is waged on our kind
Why, dear Lord, have thou forsaken thee?

We are branded

Scorched by the sun
The color of our skin screams
Have you not seen?
Have you not heard?

Scorched by the sun
The color of our skin screams
Arrest the men killing our people
Stone them
Sentence them
Make them pay the price!!

Scorched by the sun
The color of our skin screams
We matter.
Black Lives Matter.

We take pride in our melanin
For we know we are precious,
Strong material
Cut from a different cloth
Our own clothing line
Yet clearly hung out to dry
On this clothes line

-Dr. Queen

Featured Image: "A Windy Day" by Tilly Willis

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Al says:

    Thanks I love where you went with this one.
    “39 stripes for this?” Had me snapping my fingers like I was in a open mic night!
    Thanks for being vulnerable enough to express how you & a lot of us feel. ✊🏾

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dr.QueenAkie says:

      Amen! Thanks Bro ❤️ Questioning God is a thing we need to normalize in order to get answers in this day and age. He may not give us the explanations we desire (and that’s okay!) but being vulnerable with him is even better!

      Like

  2. Jasmine Kefel says:

    “Cut from a different cloth
    Our own clothing line
    Yet clearly hung out to dry “ I love how in just a few words you were able to describe how a lot of us have been feeling for centuries! This is great! Thank you ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dr.QueenAkie says:

      Wow! Thank you! What a blessing. It’s so freeing to actually feel our feelings !

      Like

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