Those Places

Do you have those places that mean so much to you,

That you can’t even visit

You can’t even think about

Without your heart filling with

A love

So big

So grand

That it swells and wraps

It’s arms

Around you as you smile and let

That feeling take over your heart

Do you have those places?

Let’s start a movement

Let’s start a movement

Let’s start a simple movement

Relieving the burden of proof

From those who are oppressed

Relieving the burden of proof

From those who are marginalized

Relieving the burden of proof

From cultures that have been appropriated

Let’s start a powerful movement

Relieving the burden of proof

From those who experience micro aggressions

Relieving the burden of proof

From those that experience systemic racism

Relieving the burden of proof

From those that experience discrimination and prejudice

Let’s start a movement of believing those experiences by relieving the burden of proof requirement to be heard.

DeShauna Hollie

Vacations

Refusing to let expectations

Take from me-

Vacations

Filled with poem reading and writing

A little music playing

Bike riding and friend hanging

Truth telling-

I don’t feel guilty for

Vacations not wasted

Instead gently

Washing over me and

Leaving behind me-

Retrospective looking forward

Not so hurried

Sometimes we want them to already know

What we know

Sometimes we want them to be who they are going to be

Without know who they are now

Sometimes we try to hurry them

To be who we want them to be

Sometimes we try to hurry them to be

Who we see them as

Sometimes we hurry them along so fast

That they don’t get time to

Play

Rest

Tryout life before

Committing to who

They are

Committing to who

They want to be

Sometimes we want them to bloom

Before they are ready