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For all the little black girls and boys everywhere. You is kind, You is smart, You is important.

Black Box

Img_4870by Hazel Thomas08 Dec 2016

You put me in the strong box.
Yeah I was
But you didn't look further than that.
Scratch more surface.
It was defence hiding distress.
I am strong
Because your weakness
Put me in the strong box.

You put me in the loud box.
Yeah I was
But you didn't look further than that.
Dig more deeply.
It was silence fighting shyness
I am loud
Because your deafness
Put me in the loud box.

You put me in your angry box.
Yeah I was
But you didn't look further than that.
Check more closely.
It was fear masking sadness.
I am angry
Because your blindness
Put me in the angry box.

My blackness
Will not be contained.
I am not restrained
To exist
In your black box.