American Song for Peaceful Black Existence

by Maliyah Harris



Probably the 400-year illiterate  Didn’t know to pass down peaceful Black  Existence  Like the stars didn’t know to pass down the  Drinking gourd  Or Toni Morrison didn’t know the white gaze.    Probably the 400-year illiterate  Couldn’t know peaceful Black existence realistically.  What’s peace to God-troubled water? Probably  Mom, Dad, Dick and Jane live in a green and  White house.    Probably the perhaps-half-literate will catch  Great-grand misery inevitably. Maybe  Peace is allergic to Black existence.     Probably the drinking gourd spilled the peaceful Black   Existence before it reached the green and white house.



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