Poetry: Forever Black by Denise N. Fyffe

FOREVER BLACK by Poetess Denise Fyffe

1981, Born BLACK
60 SECONDS, Crying BLACK
1 HOUR, Still BLACK
24/7, Struggling BLACK
12 MONTHS, Surviving BLACK
365 DAYS, Thriving BLACK
40 YEARS, Melanin BLACK
I am, FOREVER BLACK.

My mother, BLACK
My father, BLACK
My sister, BLACK
My brother, BLACK
My husband, BLACK
My children, BLACK
My family, BLACK
My friends, BLACK
My country, BLACK
We are, FOREVER BLACK.

Marcus Garvey, BLACK
Nanny of the Maroons, BLACK
Paul Bogle, BLACK
Sam Sharpe, BLACK
Bob Marley, BLACK
Martin Luther King Jr, BLACK
Malcolm X, BLACK
Rosa Parks, BLACK
Barack Obama, BLACK
P.J. Patterson, BLACK
Portia Simpson Miller, BLACK
Maya Angelou, BLACK
Nelson Mandela, BLACK
They are, FOREVER BLACK.

BLACK, Hate
BLACK, Rape
BLACK, Anger
BLACK, Murder
BLACK, Poverty
BLACK, Hunger
BLACK, Suicide
BLACK, Genocide
BLACK, Slavery
Covid? Maybe
BLACK, Extermination
BLACK, Domination
We face it because we are, FOREVER BLACK.

BLACK, People
BLACK, Struggle
BLACK, History
BLACK, Mystery
BLACK, Power
BLACK, Wealth
BLACK, Beauty
BLACK, Excellence
BLACK, Intelligence
BLACK, Dominance
BLACK, Prominence
BLACK, Faith
BLACK, Race
We claim it because we are, FOREVER BLACK.

Rise, BLACK People rise
Rise above the hatred
Rise above the evil
Rise above the brutality
Rise above the systematic injustices
Rise, BLACK People Rise.
And Remember we are, FOREVER BLACK, POWER.

Plead our cause O God
With them that Strive with us
Fight against those that fight against us
Help us to stand strong
Prevail against all wrongs
Dress us in Dignity
Join us in Unity
Rooted in our Faith
Even to our graves
Justice, Truth be ours, FOREVER BLACK.

Note: In honor of the memory of every black person, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, etc. who have lost their lives due to racism, systematic injustice, police brutality – and were murdered.

R.I.P George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Philando Castile, Michael Brown Jr., Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Emmett Till … and millions of others.

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2 thoughts on “Poetry: Forever Black by Denise N. Fyffe

  1. Elgitha Valentine says:

    She’s expressing her true feelings and emotions from the heart and from the history of our nation. Jamaicans are people who works, play, gives generously, are also very hospitable, but, will not tolerate being taken for granted or treated unfairly. They stand up for what they believe in. Shows solidarity for the weak and down trodden and will always express themselves when tested beyond the norm. Congratulations Denise stand up for what you believe.

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