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