Poem: Breaking the silence

January 13, 2024
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Breaking the Silence
 
By Toya Y. Williams
 
Hollow before this crowd
We are all brothers and sisters of the same nation
We all bleed red
We all bleed red, white and blue
 
Hollow
A deep echo inside freedom
Screaming to be free
 
And that flag that she sowed together
Was held up with minority hands
And bares the mark of minority blood
 
Deep exhale of slavery
Mental or physical
I wait patiently in the shadows
 
We all bleed red, white and blue?
Colors, Colors of freedom?
A Minority silence
 
Shadows no long exist I am here before this crowd
Here before this nation
A Woman, A Man
African American, Hispanic, Asian, Arabic, Jewish
 
I am the colors of that flag
My hands can still hold it up
Minority blood still marks the symbol of freedom
 
I shattered the glass ceiling of oppression
Glass ceiling of ignorance
We build on minds
We dodge land mines of stupidity
That has trapped our ancestors for centuries
Centuries of grief
If grief ever exists for the simple fact I am black
 
I roar to be heard through time and space
And those before me that roared like the king of the jungle
Where shot down and erased
 
Not from history…But from the minds of those that love to oppress
 
I know words are like bullets
But those before whose words were like bullets
Caught them in their heads and hands
 
I will never look back but if I did, I would never turn into a pillar of
salt…
When I turn around to explore history I will transform into a golden statue
 
I shattered that glass false concept of what a minority is suppose to be!
And being me means catching mental bullets through my hands and head
Nailed to this cross they watch and wait
 
And they hate
Enemy of the State
Black honors before thee
I will honor thee
 
The slave.. The free man
The educated one who built machines of the future of past
I will honor thee
 
In my words…In my art…In my strong voice.
Child of a slave numb…Numb…Their words are like bullets…Bullets
Hollow before this crowd
I just broke the silence
 
Toya Y. Williams is a final year student at Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, USA. She was awarded a Presidential and White House Silver medal for Community Services in 2005 and is a 2006 Poetry Ambassador for the United States.
 
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