Tuesday, August 24, 2010

this is not your star spangled banner.

i'm not  here to play with you,
i'm just trying to relay to you 
the reality 
of what it is that we go through

and i shouldn't say we, but i do 
because thankfully, 
i'm still relatively free
to go and say and do like i please
the worse it ever comes to
is looks and comments on the streets
and random selections at airport security

and you won't see it on tv,
but there are places where children 
once ran in the streets
and i say ran, because now
instead of bare feet
bombs rain down like 
stars over the sea

women wail over 
those same children's feet,
now not connected to anything

so while they may look like me,
same bridge of nose, same 
color of teeth,
while they might talk like me
and pray like me, 
and come from me,
they are not like me
and i shouldn't say we.

because at least i know 
what it's like
to be a little bit free.