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Be the Equality We Lack

Poetry is turning out to be a very cathartic medium, I should do this more often.

Set the Mood

It is up to us all to end racism!

It is up to us all to end racism!

I cried out to you but you weren’t there,

Just like the many who turned away before.

They turned away because my skin is fair,

But I will not be ignored anymore.


When people gaze at me they see white,

They don’t hear the cries of the past.

Skin color drowning out my family’s plight,

Perceptions putting my concerns last.


Oh how I yearned to find a pack,

A group who would hold me tight and warm.

Blood isn’t family and family I lack,

A family to protect me from racist scorn.


So I will be family where others cannot,

Embrace the minority who cries for love.

All those around us will hate and rot,

But acceptance will fit us like a glove.


Stand now for what it is you believe,

Cast no judgement on their story.

Claims made against you only to deceive,

A past worth redeeming with love and glory.


As you’re alone I see the tears you cry,

Let me wipe them with hands of understanding.

We can defeat racism if only we try,

And bring ourselves the justice we’ve all been demanding!

My Skin Is Not My Story

All too often people look at me and they see a skin color that is affiliated with stories that are not my own. People see a skin color affiliated with people who are not my family. I'm tired of fighting with people to prove I have suffered, that my family has suffered, and that we are just as valid as everyone else.

I have no one to turn to, no organization of power to stand for me and my family; so I will strive to create that family, that organization, within my own life. If you want it, you have love and acceptance from me and recognition for your suffering is but a request away.

Comments

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 13, 2021:

Hi Kyler, I like this poem of yours. Yes, True, every life matters. But sadly few people understand this. I am glad you do. Very Positive Vibes. God Bless you, dear friend

Peace!!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on June 10, 2020:

@Ann: It really is a cry from deep within, Ann, and I thank you for recognizing it in its fullest. Too many out there who suffer in silence, and such a small chance that they ever find a place to really be heard.

Thanks for reading!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on June 10, 2020:

@Gypsy: I absolutely agree with that sentiment, and wish it wasn't a social crime to express all lives matter when racism is running rampant. At least we can all hold the sentiment near and dear, and never let it die out that no matter the skin color you are just as important as everyone else!

Thanks for reading!

Ann Carr from SW England on June 10, 2020:

Superb poem, offering acceptance and support as well as hoping to find it. Admirable sentiments. This is full of a cry from the heart.

Ann

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 09, 2020:

A most expressive poem and a great reminder that no matter what all lives really do matter.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on June 07, 2020:

Thank you so much for your recognition, Lorna, it truly means the world to me. All humans need to unite against this common enemy, and send it back to the depths from where it came!

Keep helping to conquer this demon with your love and acceptance!

Lorna Lamon on June 07, 2020:

I abhor racism in all its cruel forms and I hope that change will happen, not only in America but the world over. You have also suffered racism Kyler and I can hear and feel this in your poem. All lives matter regardless of colour, race or creed. This is a powerful and emotional poem.

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