Mute

By Sade Ford

Now I can’t say that we are voiceless
but our voices have been heard less and less
and unless things change, there will be no peace
I’m gonna say that again
I can’t say that we are voiceless
but our voices have been heard less and less
and unless things change, there will be no peace,
everything will stay the same,
As in a cycle A circuit a series of events
that forsake our sanity
Otherwise known as the repetitive nature
of history described as the world sitting on the
back of Atlas spinning and not stopping.
Spinning and unaware of the sounds that have been echoing for centuries.
Spinning and briefly flinching at the reminder of its inhabitants.
In other words everything will
just repeat itself and our voices will drown out
unheard unappreciated
unqualified unrecognized too
woman too man too colored too strong too
slang too proper too religious too
specific
And not enough listening to each other
not enough lean on me and when you’re not strong
I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry-on for it won’t be long till
I’m gonna need somebody to lean on
I’ve spent nights where I can hear
my prayers mixing with those who have
too much to wish for and only God
willing to listen.
I sit there singing the same song too, and hoping that someone hears me.
just needing someone to hear me.
And that’s when the song echoes
Lean on me and when you’re not strong
But the melody is on repeat
and I can’t say it’s easy to listen to
But the melody is on repeat
and it’s easier to ignore than carry out
But the melody is on repeat
and I’m tired of being the one that’s carrying all this weight
I’m tired of being atlas holding the world on
my shoulders and I’m not strong enough anymore.
And Atlas says why can’t you hear me
Why can’t you realize that I hear all of your cries
but I’m not willing to listen anymore
When will the bombs stop
When will all of your children have beds to sleep in
Why can’t you all be selfless like me I’m holding your world your burden on my shoulders
and I ask for nothing in return.
And atlas says I am not voiceless
but my voice is useless
for you still do not hear me.
And atlas ends with
it won’t be long till
I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.
Please swallow your pride.
And the melody Echoes across the world
waiting for somebody to grasp the concept
of help when needed not help for benefit.
And maybe that’s why it’s so hard for
America to open her borders
Maybe she realizes that her children
although plump are too disorderly to help someone else
Maybe she realizes that her children are splitting her into 2 and marking themselves red or blue
Black and white
Muslim and some form of Christian
That her children can’t handle the responsibility
of helping someone else,
they have their own troubles
And their version of helping tends to hinder hurt and involves no tender heart.
Maybe America is just selfish.
Maybe her children just need to remember that ohana means family-
please swallow your pride.
Oh wait another culture that was destroyed in their attempt to help poor unfortunate souls
And I can see America following in the footsteps of England and calling that freedom.
I call that insanity
I call doing the same thing over and over and over in order to achieve different re re results insanity.
And aren’t I crazy,
Because I’ve opened the bible only twice and still continue to put my hopes for an afterlife in God
And maybe that’s why it’s so hard for
America to open her borders
Maybe she realizes that her children
although plump are too disorderly to help someone else
Maybe she realizes that her children are splitting her into 2 and marking themselves red or blue
Black and white
Muslim and some form of Christian
That her children can’t handle the responsibility of helping someone else, they have their own troubles
And their version of helping tends to hinder hurt and involves no tender heart.
Maybe America is just selfish.
Maybe her children just need to remember that ohana means family- please swallow your pride.
Oh wait another culture that was destroyed in their attempt to help poor unfortunate souls
And I can see America following in the footsteps of England and calling that freedom.
I call that insanity
I call doing the same thing over and over and over in order to achieve different re re results insanity
And aren’t I crazy,
Because I’ve opened the bible only twice and still continue to put my hopes for an afterlife in God
And I’m just waiting for the record to start skipping
Waiting for everyone to start skipping stones across their morals
Waiting for everyone to start fending for themselves and fighting for themselves
And for justice to become just us
And is it sad when you don’t know which us you belong to.
And when your not strong I’ll be your friend
I’ll be your friend
I’ll be your
I’ll be
I’ll be voiceless
Because when your truly alone
After you’ve finally reaped what you sow
When karma catches up to you
After you’ve severed all of your ties to humanity
You will be voiceless
Only humans are capable of speech and reflecting on thought but after repeating the same melody after hearing cries and screams and doing nothing
After returning to war to get the oil in the mass destruction of our humanity
After the killing of collateral damage, and putting it on repeat.
Masking it as the attack on terrorism and playing the melody
After the killing of black men by men in blue
After the killing of men in blue by black men
After the killing of black men by black men
And the melody is on repeat
Repeat
After these walls we continue to build instead of bridges
We are no better than animals,
we all have pain, we all have sorrow
Lean on me, and when your not strong I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on for it won’t be long till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.
Please swallow your pride
And together we will no longer be mute

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