Finger Snap Series Presents: A Poem.

Do you ever wonder?


If it’s gunshots or it’s thunder?

If someone’s going 6 feet under

Or you just missed the lightning?

I choose to believe it’s thunder

I don’t think I could stand

Another life being turned into a number

Do you ever wonder

When people will be treated as people?

How many lives until we’re treated as equal?

People walk with privilege strapped to their back

Ready to counteract somebody’s complexion

Try walking through life with constant rejection of your identity

Cause stereotypes are all they see

Just because I’m Black doesn’t make me less American

Just because you stole it doesn’t make this your land

I won’t stand for the excuse

I thought they were a criminal

That seems quite trivial after they’re dead

I’ll spend my whole life getting unity stuck in your head

I can run without being a thief

I can cough without being a virus

A whole race can’t look like the enemy

I can’t believe you’re still trying to divide us

I still have a whole life ahead of me, and I’m not giving up now

You can’t silence my voice

And when you come for one of us

We rise up you give us no choice


Cydney Brown is currently a junior at Abington Friends School. She grew to love poetry by reading poems by Maya Angelou and Robert Frost. She loves how there are no limitations with writing. Cydney wishes to inspire her peers, and share her poetry with the world. She wrote a book entitled “Daydreaming” and is currently working on another one. Her poetry explores the ideas of love, self image, and reflections through poetry. When she is not writing she sells sit-upons on Etsy. For more information check out her blog https://cyderella8.wixsite.com/cydtalks, Etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/810210396/sit-upon , and instagram @cydtalks

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