The Speech

I am the universe disguised as a human

I am the seed turning into a tree

I am the stars that you can not fathom

I am the idea you refused to believe

I am potential waiting to happen

And all things that proceed

I am your mother and your children

I am everything you see

 

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The Stranger I Know

Naked

Like me

You were born for them all to see

Naked

Screaming- probably

Thinking why

Why must I cry

Air too painful

Consumes your lungs

See! We were the same once

Now, we are strangers on the street

 

My Title

The child that stood on tip toes

Trying to see the men outside

Through bullet holes- I watched

Much too excited for change

“It will be beautiful, like America… like you see on TV.” One solider promised me

That was back in 2003

When ISIS was a nightmare yet to form

When angels wore uniforms

When enemies were clear to see

When I did not know the difference between you and me

But now my skin gives me a label I did not earn

Not a’Doctor’

‘Woman’

‘Rich’ nor ‘Poor’

I wear a title that I can not for the life of me shed

But that is a thing I dare not regret