The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors (halfshellvenus) wrote,
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LJ Idol Season Nine: "Greensboro Woolworth's, 1960"

Greensboro Woolworth's, 1960
lj idol season nine | week four | 157 words
“Nobody can ride your back if your back's not bent” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)


We hear your words, your hatred,
Poisoned syllables striking our necks,
Like the hot, spittled breath of rabid dogs.

Yet, you call us animals.

Screaming as your throat runs raw,
You hurl names and anger to keep us down.
The shadows of burned houses and lynching trees
Rise up between us. The law counts for nothing.

We sit as tall and dignified as the kings
We deserve to be, or at least like men
Worthy of polite service, a place at the table.
We will not beg for what you never had to earn.

Others have been murdered, beaten. This we know,
But being forever afraid is halfway to dying.
Rosa Parks and the Little Rock Nine proved their bravery
For all the world to see. Now, so shall we.

To every angry word or threatening gesture,
We offer absolute resolve. We will not stoop
To your sorry level—your inhuman violence.

Yet, you call us animals.


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