My Success Due From Systematic Oppression

Some days I feel out of my mind,
Walking in a field full of land mines,
Asking for a glass of water so I can Shine,
On any ordinary day, I wouldn’t step out of line,
But today, another brother from another mother climbed,
When he reached the peak of the Mountain, He tried to fly,

Asking myself if I lived life to the fullest,
Questioning if my success had anything to do with Systematic Privilege,
Color of my skin dictated all the times my name climbed Interview Lists,
Even though half of the applicants were more qualified than I,
Was able to feed every hungry child under my roof,
Did it have anything to do with the fact I was paid more than a Black man,
If it couldn’t get any worse, darker complexion sisters were paid even less,
Was my success due to the fact White Privilege walked and talked without my permission,

Some days I feel out of my mind,
Walking in a field full of land mines,
Asking for a glass of water so I can Shine,
On any ordinary day, I wouldn’t step out of line,
But today, another brother from another mother climbed,
When he reached the peak of the Mountain, He tried to fly,

Wished my arm-span protected the frail, weak, sick, and mentally ill,
Believed I was meant for greatness, but it was established early I was a disgrace,
No matter how hard I tried, more and more Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender youth committed suicide,
Didn’t matter how much I gave nor energy spent, felt like I was only making matters worse,
Quick to fight when words would have achieved successful revolution,
Used words when violent action such as self-defense was needed,
Couldn’t believe when my hands, my mind, and my heart spoke ill of God’s patience,
Questioned whether He left, became disappointed in His son,
Tell me I am wrong and not out of my mind,

Some days I feel out of my mind,
Walking in a field full of land mines,
Asking for a glass of water so I can Shine,
On any ordinary day, I wouldn’t step out of line,
But today, another brother from another mother climbed,
When he reached the peak of the Mountain, He tried to fly,

#AllLivesMatter (What You Are Actually Saying)

When I hear #AllLivesMatter, this is what it sounds like:

You walked into an Emergency room, kicked a stroke victim out of their gurney,
Took their place, and told the nearest doctor,
“I got a sore back, all sicknesses should be treated the same”,

You attended a baseball game, saw 3 children standing behind the outfield fence,
Gave them all boxes to stand on, even though one of them was an adult midget,
When she asked for another box, you replied ‘just because your short,
Doesn’t mean you get more, everybody should receive the same treatment,

‘In a University Diversity Class, you stated ‘I don’t see color’,
I asked, ‘how do you distinguish between [a] green, yellow, and red light’,
Your reply, ‘blue lives matter’, my response, ‘blue is a color, not a person’,
‘I thought you said, you don’t see color’,

On Columbus Day, you sing the National Anthem, place your hand on your chest,
Inform immigrants ‘everybody is an American, thus we remember 9/11’,
If that is the case, why don’t you have a moment of silence for the Muslims,
Who worked in the World Trade Towers and were killed,

Tonight on the News, a German Shepard was ran over by a drunk driver,
The drunk driver’s cat was shot to death by a police officer,
You claim ‘the officer killed a cat in cold blood, he deserves life without parole’,

Would you ask for the same sentence if the cat was a Black man,
Your answer, “the cat was defenseless, but if the cat was a Black man,
The officer’s life would be in danger,