The world has been in chaos, changing, evolving, in a state of destruction and rebuilding. In this time I’ve been painting, writing, reflecting, and trying to find words or actions to express all I feel. I’ve been working on a collection of poetry and wanted to share one of the poems I wrote recently.
Why Don’t You See Us?
You stay in the sun to tan, to have our skin,
You get injections and surgeries to have our bodies ,
You get braids and dreads to have our hair, but you don’t see us.
You use our stories, our history for your tv shows and movies but you don’t want our lives.
You listen to our music, buy our music and profit from our music.
You use our strength and athleticism to play your games, but you why don’t you see us?
You use our intellect and hard work to solve your problems.
You use our hands to heal the sick and care for the wounded but you still don’t see us. How do you not see us?
You want what we have to offer, but you don’t want our lives. You don’t want our pain because you know its there.
You don’t want our tragedies, because you’ve seen them happen.
You don’t want our suffering, but you want our beauty, our culture, our magic.
You know what has happened to us. You don’t want our lives because you know what we’ve been through.
You know what we’re still going through.
We have fought your wars, marched for our lives, screamed for our freedom and yet you still don’t see us.
You don’t want our lives but we do.
We want life, we deserve life, we deserve to be who we are because like you we are human, we are people, and our lives matter.
Our brothers lives matter. Our sisters lives matter. Our parents lives matter. Our children’s lives matter. My live matters.
So our hair, our bodies, our stories, our music, our minds, our strength, our culture, everything we are, you don’t deserve not until you see us.
You can’t have it. It doesn’t belong to you. It must be earned. It must be earned because we matter.
So why don’t see us?