juneteenth

this is the only day

where i stand and salute

those abducted

who were separated

who were raped

who were bred

who were beaten

who were worked

who were starved

of the hunger to be free

but their souls lingered

just so they could find their way

to me.

i want my ancestors to know

that it’s hard out here and

chains just got replaced

with numbers

but i get through each and

every day

because

you

found

a

way.

@earlofwords

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