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Black Women in Resistance: Two Poems by Lamont Lilly

 


With thanks to NewBlacKManinExile

 


Saturday, August 22, 2020.

 

 

assata: general shakur

 

they would like us 

to forget 

the likes of her sacrifices 

one dark woman 

well-dressed 

in plaid shadows 

called afro-freedom 

 

fighting yelling teaching

staying alive 

on the frontline 

imprisoned exiled wounded 

still living

loving her people 

from the outer edges 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

etched within our hearts 

tucked safely 

within our minds 

one dark woman 

well-dressed 

in plaid shadows 

called afro-freedom

 

clawing scratching scraping 

staying alive 

on the frontline 

wow what a warrior 

wow what a woman

what a wonderful general

she's been

 

 


 

the hunted

[In honor of Korryn Gaines]

 

you're in the house 

with your three children 

dinner and homework 

 

minutes later 

u.s. marshalls 

come running in 

with assault rifles 

teargas and bulletproof vest 

 

i think it's best 

at that point 

that you freeze my sister 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

put your rifle 

and the kids down 

so you can be around 

tomorrow 

 

those little ones

need you alive sis 

so you can be around 

tomorrow 

 

and the people?

we need you strong my sister

healthy alive 

so you can lead

the troops

 

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Lamont Lilly is an independent journalist, Black radical activist, poet and community organizer based in Durham, North Carolina. In 2016, he was the Workers World Party U.S. vice-presidential candidate. Follow him on Twitter @LamontLilly


Black Women in Resistance: Two Poems by Lamont Lilly

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