I Can Breathe.

There’s so much fear around me. I can’t breathe. The fear of the violence that’s about to be unleashed on the people who march with me. I can’t breathe. We wear our masks to protect ourselves from the virus and the tear gas. I can’t breathe. There’s only so much we can do to avoid the pepper spray. I can’t breathe. The cops are starting to disband and walk towards us. I can’t breathe. They’re going to start beating us on the pretenses of “social misconduct”. I can’t breathe. They start beating our brethren who are on their knees. I can’t breathe. The screams are so loud they hurt my ears. I can’t breathe. My heart is breaking at the cruelty used by humans on humans. I can’t breathe. We all wondered what we’d do during the 1960’s civil rights movement and now we’re living it. I can’t breathe. If only there was some other way I could help. I can’t breathe. It’s unbelievable that there STILL are two sides of this war. I can’t breathe. How is this still a discussion? I can’t breathe. How could people be against us if they walk into church and praise God? I can’t breathe. How can they hope their kids are safe every time they leave the house and not understand that it’s so much worse for Black families? I can’t breathe. Why can’t they accept that they’ve been wrong for 400 years? I can’t breathe. Why can’t the rest of us come together when even some of the law enforcement are on their knees and they mean it? I can’t breathe. Why are they saying “all lives matter” and ignoring the oppression and suffering of Black lives? I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe. But it’s not all bad. There are changes being made and there are people being punished. There has always been two sides but the one that is right is finally starting to win. Keep pushing. Keep going. Keep fighting because you CAN breathe and this can’t be a trend of the month. This has to be the end of the war. This has to be the end.

11 thoughts on “I Can Breathe.

  1. An exciting and exciting passage on the events that are happening in the USA, but they all involve us firsthand. We are all human, we are all brothers.

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  2. Beautiful words! Thank you for sharing. Yes we all deserve to breathe, and all lives matter! Love and peace for everyone

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  3. Such a moving poetic piece, capturing and encapsulating today. Powerful and with purpose and meaning, I am hopeful for the day this is never and issue again, and we can all breath a little easier together with no worries, peace and joy.

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