i want a home without death without fear //
the house i live in struggles with welcoming me //
it doesn’t accept my skin just because it is riddled in naps & honey //
i want a honey riddled in naps //
i want to nap with my honey in a home without death //
with love up the street from a church rejoicing //
that another day has gone by & our offerings didn’t include another black body //
a church that isn’t burned because it believes in freedom //
i wonder if america believes in freedom //
or was its faith lynched at birth too by white supremacy //
was it gunned down? i know some who were //
because of their skin //
because they wanted to live here //
the home i live in wants to shove a bullet down my throat //
do you think it would make killing my culture an easier acceptance to swallow //
i spoke to God & i asked him
what should i do when i am beaten for wanting freedom for everyone too //
i’ve heard nothing from him since //
maybe that’s all i can do nothing //
DeAndre Washington is an 18-year old from Washington D.C. attending Morehouse College. He has been writing poetry since he was 14. He was a member of Words, Beats, & Life’s 2016 poetry slam team, and a member of Split This Rock’s 2016 Writers Guild. DeAndre has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Teach for America events and many others around the District of Columbia.
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