This is for all the George Floyd’s out there-“…. I CAN’T BREATHE…. ”

Racism is breathing on my face
Kneeling on my back
Pushing me out of me
I can’t breathe.


I can’t breathe
Because I am being side-eyed
I can’t breathe because I am undocumented
Racism dey “para for Yankee” and hunger dey ginger for home.


I can’t breathe because you have seen me
My black skin is offensive to your peace
I don’t know what offense you would say I committed
I restart my breathing after you have passed by and no spinning lights show up coloring my dark skin.


I can’t breathe
Because I can see your uniform
My heart is racing and my head is pounding in my hoodie
Sweat dribbling down my legs into my kicks.


Can I see your papers
Show me some identification
Put your hands where I can see them
Step out of the car slowly and don’t breathe.


At school, in the mall and parks, I can’t breathe
Because I can see bitter gall in your eyes
Just a whisper from you
Boots, guns, tasers, chokeholds, and knees.


We used to kneel to pray
Men now kneel to slay
Hands in the pocket, knee at the back and on the neck
I can’t breathe.


Red, black, white or brown
No matter what color you are
Give love a chance
There is enough air for all to breathe.
©️Ovyay 2020.

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Dabira · June 21, 2020 at 10:17 am

👍. give love a chance, and you’ll get peace- how amazing!

    Ovyay · June 21, 2020 at 10:32 am

    True talk Dabicos. Thanks

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