To give life in This World or No?
To wake and see enriched shades across the board
In a world drenched in unrealistic hate
As if the color of my skin harmed your very make
To release part of me into a world full of sin
Just to see all odds stacked against this new life form
Lining up uncomfortable conversation with my offspring
Don’t stay out pass this time.
Don’t wear hoodies when night takes over.
Don’t keep your hands in your pocket,
Keep them high and in site.
Don’t argue with police.
Watch your back unapologetically.
Expect racist slurs,
Even from — innocent souls.
Except everyone to think you cannot swim.
Expect to be looked at different.
Expect when your peers put in 100%–
You put in 200%.
How can a woman of color want to conceive life
Knowing her own flesh will be treated in such a way–
Same red blood flows through our veins
Same organs, same pumping generator within us
Slavery never ending
Just new masks for this vile take.
Mary Gatheru is currently a junior at Salem State University in Massachusetts where she minors in English. Her work tends to be about topics such as love and emotions experienced.
Jury S. Judge is an internationally published artist, photographer, writer, poet, and political cartoonist. Her “Astronomy Comedy” cartoons are also published in Lowell Observatory’s quarterly publication, The Lowell Observer. She has been interviewed on the television news program, “NAZ Today” for her work as a political cartoonist. Her artwork has been widely featured in literary magazines such as Dodging The Rain, The Tishman Review, Open Minds Quarterly, Blue Moon Review, and The Ignatian Literary Journal. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2014.