Black Women in Resistance: Two Poems by Lamont Lilly

https://www.newblackmaninexile.net/2020/08/black-women-in-resistance-two-poems-by.html

assata: general shakur

they would like us

to forget

the likes of her sacrifices

one dark woman

well-dressed

in plaid shadows

called afro-freedom

fighting yelling teaching

staying alive

on the frontline

imprisoned exiled wounded

still living

loving her people

from the outer edges

etched within our hearts

tucked safely

within our minds

one dark woman

well-dressed

in plaid shadows

called afro-freedom

clawing scratching scraping

staying alive

on the frontline

wow what a warrior

wow what a woman

what a wonderful general

she’s been

the hunted

[In honor of Korryn Gaines]

you’re in the house

with your three children

dinner and homework

minutes later

u.s. marshalls

come running in

with assault rifles

teargas and bulletproof vest

i think it’s best

at that point

that you freeze my sister

put your rifle

and the kids down

so you can be around

tomorrow

those little ones

need you alive sis

so you can be around

tomorrow

and the people?

we need you strong my sister

healthy alive

so you can lead

the troops

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Lamont Lilly is an independent journalist, Black radical activist, poet and community organizer based in Durham, North Carolina. In 2016, he was the Workers World Party U.S. vice-presidential candidate. Follow him on Twitter @LamontLilly

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