We Have Found Our Voices: A Poem

The second wave of the civil rights movement is among us. After going to the Black Lives Matter march in London, I felt the need to write this poem. I hope this short read allows you for one moment to feel the pain, anger, and suffering felt by the black community all over the world. The year 2020 is not a year to forget, it is the year to use your voices to be heard. The audio attached is the spoken word version of the poem We Have Found Our Voices.

 

 

We Have Found Our Voices

The air was pulsing with revolution, not fear.

Only anger.

 

In the year they announced World War 3,

the pandemic that stopped the world,

and then end of summer,

we have found our voices

and we have never been louder.

 

Together we stand side by side,

knee by knee,

fist by fist

and you have no choice but to hear us.

Hear the screams:

No Justice, No Peace.

Hear the cries:

I Can’t Breathe.

Hear the anger:

Say Their Names.

 

Please… Say their names.

George Floyd

Belly Mujinga

Eric Garner

Breonna Taylor

Ahmaud Arbery

Sandra Bland

I would say so many more but,

I can’t breathe.

 

The systematic injustice that has let to our cries

can no longer be silenced.

And now, I’m told that you are frightened?

 

But were we not scared when your knee

was on our necks.

Or when you broke into our homes

and you shot us dead.

Or when you killed us with your spit

like we were nothing but shit.

But now you seem to understand what fear is?

 

In the year they announced World War 3,

the pandemic that stopped the world,

and then end of summer,

we have found our voices

and you have no choice but to hear us.

 

Different ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement:

  • Protest 
  • Donate
  • Sign Petitions
  • Share the Message

 

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Author. Poet. Writer. Jaycee Dean is an aspiring writer striving to give all the pieces honesty and flair. Each piece is unapologetically raw with opinions and emotions with no two pieces being the same.

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