For you Everyday is a fight for territory,

for space:

Space in a country that does not want you

Space in a world that cannot yet grasp the

magic of hair that says “fuck gravity”

Space in the hearts of lovers who do not

know how to love all of you

(Your mother made you ample)

Facing this world is already a daunting

task for you my dear

But look how your skin still glistens and

glows and steals all fire from the sun

And how your smile still steals all magic

from the moonlight

Look how your lips still cast love spells

and break hearts

You are still perfect

You are still glory

You are still uchawi (magic)

-written by @niketa.rae for Sandra Bland

Happy bornday, Sandra. May you rest in power.

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2 comments

  1. ShelbyCourtland · February 7

    Although I type this with tears streaming down my face, I thank you for posting this Kelley! Sandra Bland will NOT be forgotten!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tareau Barron · February 8

    Beautiful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

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