Colorblind

black and white
is really
white or black
is really
white then black
is really
white on black
is really
trembling white hands silencing
crying black voices
trembling white hands silencing
crying black faces
trembling
then steadying
steady
steady now
ready now
these ready white hands
these steady white hands silencing
these black bodies black people
people
with black faces
silenced by
people
with white hands
silencing
people
with black bodies
bleeding them
bleeding black bodies black people
people
with white faces
bleeding people
with black bodies
bleeding black bodies dry
of hope
bleeding them dry
of promise
dry of tomorrow
dry of color
bleeding them
bleeding out color
white
silencing black
bleeding black
killing black
whites of eyes
fading to black
now I know why
they don’t see color.

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