My blackness isn’t an excuse to hide
every time there’s a protest.
because I don’t want to die
I am not prepared to rest in my cause.
My mom tells me to
sit at home.
But why does it matter?
I can get killed for being black anywhere
not just at a protest.
My melanin is a weapon in their eyes
There are black men being hunted like deer
moving targets with bulls-eyes
taped to their heads
didn’t they know
that being black is
a crime in itself.
Their melanin is a weapon in blue eyes
Last week I played a game of Russian roulette
Pushing off fixing my brake light
Wondering which turn
would be my last with
my melanin strapped to me
like a gun