My sister, let’s talk awhile,
Rehash how we came to be here.
Talk about how
We abdicated our roles as the pillars of men,
Not men, or just men
But the construct of humanity we are charged with.
Let’s talk about how as the mothers of sons
We raise our boys to fear and subjugate
Because we indoctrinate a hate for their man-ness,
All the while teaching our daughters
Pum pum politics and to know only
The trading of flesh favors as currency.
Let’s talk about our right to moral bankruptcy
And the privilege of self service.
But who are we serving really?
When the new overlords speak mandarin
And the overseers no longer are light skinned
But oh, how we want to be.
Light skinned Nefateri knockoffs
Mourning our dark chocolate, tight curled wonder
For the satisfaction of those who? Really?
My sister are you happy?
While we let asshats in ascots
Plot the chart our children follow?
Blindly into uncertain waters
Already chummed with the remnants of our dignity?
My sister, what are we?
My sister, from whence do we come?
My sister, are you still content to strike this path?
To abandon yet again the hope we birthed ?
My sister let’s talk awhile
Of remunerating our people, with our preeminence.
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