You say hello to someone
and they say hello to you
You ask them what their name is
– and they tell you.
Why do you shake your head and say
“No I refuse to use that name,
I think I have a better name for you”.
Excuse me whilst I say this
But that’s really very rude,
for I’m sure that you would much dislike
the same thing done to you.
Now captors language you do speak
and most often too, repeat
when you justify the right
to segregate these ones from you –
“separate but equal” is fake news;
why choose you, now, to disbelieve
that this indeed, was always true?
It has always been identity –
seeking dominance and primacy –
that drove us, as it drives us
to the depths of cruel brutality,
White toxic patriarchy with which
we sought equality;
and now the captors tools are gripped,
tight gripped by both our hands –
this is not where we should be,
or where truth stands.
Though you would have some of
my sisters be transgressing nasty misters
and some brothers be
some poor unthinking fools to be relieved –
I’ll not keep my hand
where this harm be left to stand,
nor seek to keep
that separate state
we seek to leave;
No, saviour I am not
and will not be,
but liberations’ maiden I’ll embrace –
and fear not to speak loves name
or show God’s grace.