Black Women in Resistance: Two Poems by Lamont Lilly

January 13, 2024
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Black Women in Resistance: Two Poems by Lamont Lilly

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With thanks to NewBlacKManinExile

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Saturday, August 22, 2020.

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assata: general shakur

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they would like us¬

to forget¬

the likes of her sacrifices¬

one dark woman¬

well-dressed¬

in plaid shadows¬

called afro-freedom¬

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fighting yelling teaching

staying alive¬

on the frontline¬

imprisoned exiled wounded¬

still living

loving her people¬

from the outer edges¬

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etched within our hearts¬

tucked safely¬

within our minds¬

one dark woman¬

well-dressed¬

in plaid shadows¬

called afro-freedom

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clawing scratching scraping¬

staying alive¬

on the frontline¬

wow what a warrior¬

wow what a woman

what a wonderful general

she’s been

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the hunted

[In honor of Korryn Gaines]

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you’re in the house¬

with your three children¬

dinner and homework¬

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minutes later¬

u.s. marshalls¬

come running in¬

with assault rifles¬

teargas and bulletproof vest¬

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i think it’s best¬

at that point¬

that you freeze my sister¬

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put your rifle¬

and the kids down¬

so you can be around¬

tomorrow¬

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those little ones

need you alive sis¬

so you can be around¬

tomorrow¬

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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

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