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,

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