Liberty vs Justice

By GL

I HAVE A DREAM . . .
that the people of the world will reign supreme
above the clutches of racism and oppression
Those who can’t relate to our struggle
misunderstand our aggression . . .
Politics incorporated money as a part of our blessings
So now I’m stressing, due to a lack of blessings
Looking at my affiliates sideways because 1 or 2 of their loyalty’s in question . . .

Power to the people
Who’ve stood in the trenches, and demanded the right to be treated equal.
That was my grandparents’ story
Now the government is trying their best to manipulate the sequel
Power to the person(s)
Who’ve obtained, what needed to be obtained
in order for them to gain, what needed to be gained
Slavery was abolished, so they forced us into chain gangs
Jim Crow was put to pasture, so they built a lot more prisons
Drugs and alcohol was pumped into our communities
so they can manipulate and cloud our visions
Gangsta rap and movies was produced
to manipulate our decisions
Slavery was justified by religion
That’s why we go HAM, for what we believe in
Because I am what I am, and that’s not what they programmed me to be
So when I look into a mirror, all I see is me . . .
Unafraid to face myself . . . no I’m not a sell-out, so no, I don’t hate myself . . .
I live by a high standard, so it’s hard for me to rate myself . . .
The sky isn’t MY limit
For my horizon isn’t burdened by the power of restriction

Comments

  1. Tony Keith says:

    This is a dope poem. Some of my favors lines that fit the title and the poems’ purpose:

    – Those who can’t relate to our struggle misunderstand our aggression
    – Jim Crow was put to pasture so they built a lot more prisons
    – Slavery was justified by religion that’s why we go HAM for what we believe in.

    In terms of technique – Excellent rhyming and word play – “oppression, aggression, blessings, questions”

    What I’d like to see more of – You mention your grandparents’ story – I’d be interested in hearing their narrative in poetry form.

    Overall, great piece which would be really effective if performed in front of an audience.

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