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A Voice Speaking Out by Faye Turner-Johnson

A Voice Speaking Out

by Faye Turner-Johnson


I have a voice that roams wild through the streets at night

sometimes yowling at the moon


screaming to reach the stars

shocking those who hear it


they say it is too raw . . . tone it down

bring it into the backyard . . . fence it in leash it


make it civilized

then come to us again when it is well-mannered


so I take it into the galleria . . . hang it there

place it on display to give it culture


then I shall bring it back to the people

all dressed up in fine shapes and rich colors


leaving the black at home alone and forsaken

wanting for so much more than I can ever give

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