Still On Tryal

Author’s Note: This photo was taken at the Slave Museum. As the little girl’s mother was explaining what happened, she hugged the statue and said, “Everything’s going to be okay.” This is a poem that reflects that faith…



They sure tried:


To strip us culturally

To bend us spiritually

To break us physically

To give us second best

To question our humanity

To question our intelligence


They sure tried:


To stop us from voting

To stop us from organizing

To stop us from demanding

To stop us from marching

To stop us from praying

To stop us from fighting

To stop us from protesting

To stop us from singing


They sure tried:


To deny us access

To reduce our numbers

To convince us we don’t belong

To tell us we had nothing

they didn’t give us

To stop us from voting

To erase us from history


They sure tried:


To tell us to get over

the very history they


on us


They sure tried:


To tell us we’re violent




Sexual predators



and Pimps




They sure tried:


To keep us illiterate

To keep us afraid

To keep us unaware

To keep us drunk

To keep us in vice

To keep us down


They sure tried:


To keep us enslaved


We tried too:


To be patient

To be non-violent

To suffer

To fight through the system

To die on our feet


But we got tired of trying

because they mistook


for weakness


So we said


and we said

No longer

And we said

No more

And we said

Our lives matter


And now they try

to say it’s our fault

they have to kill us.


And now, in 2016…

We find that



is far from over


But if we stand

and work

and build

and teach

and love


the verdict



Author: smithaw50

I live in NJ. Concentrating now on a getting a full time writing career started. Glad you could be with me on the journey. Ready? Here we go...

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