shayarisms4lovers mar18 141 - WOKE


By HF What is WOKE in this day and age Is it simply activism only from a social media page? Is it an afro and a pick? An Olympic stage raised clinched fist Consciously eating organic kale salad While digesting an Erykah Badu ballad Is it Nat Turner’s unspoken rage? An Angela Davis gaze Is it a national anthem knee? What is WOKE in the 21st Century? What does it mean to be WOKE? Is it the audacity to have hope? The subtle militancy of Malcolm X’s ghost Political satire at an extreme right wing roast Pledging allegiance to a black body swinging from a tree Being WOKE is strange fruit in the 21st Century Is being WOKE something confined to the tongue, Or the manacles of the miseducation of the Negro becoming undone? The souls of black folk arising from a collective slumber A raisin in the sun transcending the shade of the summer Is it something we can taste, touch, see, hear, or feel? Or is it only a vision our united third eye makes real? What is the price we pay for being sound asleep? Is it gentrification cultural misappropriation of being WOKE in this 21 Century?

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