She Says

We’re dreams 

walking in the world

on the land 

of red skin red blood

on the land of a civil war

She says 

we will walk 

on rifles for freedom 

on missiles for food

on the hymns of spirituals

humming the cries 

of our children     killed 

their parents detained    

pried away from their homes

We will use 

our words as grenades

demolish all borders 

We will rise

with our ancestors 

who summoned us 

We will transcend this 

grim grime world 

To live.

Thea Matthews
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