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Hello WordPress fam. I had planned to do something fun to celebrate gaining 100 followers. The recent events in our country have left many confused and hurting. I’m one of them.

I would like to thank all of you for the likes, comments, follows, and support you’ve given me these last 2 years.

The following is a one of a series of works I wrote about injustice. Sometimes understanding comes from walking in the shoes of someone else for a moment.

The sun peeks through the window shades

My husband rolls over, and holds me in a tight embrace

He breathes in my scent of cocoa and shea butter

I leap out of bed

Pulled my dreadlocks into a tight bun on my head 

In the bathroom mirror, I study my face

The deep, dark, rich hue

The barely there lines circling my mouth and around my eyes

Signs of wisdom, Grandma always said 

I put on my favorite black baseball cap and bulky sweats

I go for a run

The music dancing in my ears 

A soundtrack to my every step

The cool Autumn air fills my lungs

My pace is slow at first, but a burst of adrenaline takes over

Faster and faster I go

Suddenly blinded by red, white, and blue lights 

Two large men jump out weapons drawn 

I raise my hands in surrender

No time for thinking 

Terror jolts through my soul

My bladder gives out

Embarrassed as I look down at myself

My hands forced behind my back

Man in blue slams me face down on the hood 

Cold revolver stings my temple 

Force knocks my hat to the ground

My dreadlocks cascade down my back 

Femininity revealed 

Gender exposed 

Mistaken for a man with a face like mine

Deep, dark hue

Maybe a brotha of mine who knows

Man in blue loosens grip 

No apologies 

They get in their car and drive away

I race home, and lock the deadbolt

I take my favorite black baseball cap off

Throw into the trash

And vowed never to wear it again 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2020 by Kenesha Collins 

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. darellphilip says:

    You are an amazing and gifted writer whom I have had the pleasure to follow and get to know in a short space of time! I know great things are to come from you! With that said, I have nominated you for the Vincent Ehindero Blogging Award, please see my blog post under the same name for details! I look forward to reading your response to my questions upon acceptance of the award! Congratulations and keep up the great work! 😃🙏💛

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    1. Oh wow! That’s so nice of you! What an honor! I’ve enjoyed your work, and getting to know you also. It’s been amazing all of the wonderful events that have happened to my budding writing career since you connected with me. I’ve very grateful!

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      1. darellphilip says:

        Your welcome! Well deserved! I look forward to reading your response to my questions upon acceptance of the award! 😃🙏💛

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