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Black Voices: ‘Pass Me the Torch,’ a poem by RJ Crawford

The weight on my shoulders

to keep America off my back

is heavy. 

The land of the free,

but that doesn't apply to me.


No matter how hard I fight,

the battle never ends. 

But I continue to fight again,

and again. 


Pass me the torch

that my ancestors lit.

I will keep the flame burning,

I won’t submit. 


And all my actions,

won’t be in vain,

will keep your head turning. 


We could rise above.

Sharing experiences and 

learning with love. 


But you can’t get over

that we are taking over. 

Duck and take cover.


What you don’t realize, is that you’re giving me all the power you thought you had.  

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