Take The Ashes ( the color of slavery), by pd lyons


Take The Ashes


The color of slavery is not black

It is red raw open wounds

It is bruised swollen rapes

It is salt scald tears

A scarred ripcord sun

A shimmer of shame rage guilt desire


The color of freedom?

Is not black

Is not in stars or bars or bullets

Not even white

Or champagne limousines

Tailored suits, custom shoes, inked tattoos


The color of freedom is gray

The gray of ashes

Without which the phoenix will not rise


Take the ashes




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