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PHOENIX

May 4, 2020


PHOENIX

 

By Anthony Spencer Jones

Age 14, December 1980

 

Behold me for I am Black

My skin is ebony silk

My eyes are a beautiful brown haze

My muscles within my body are bands of steel

My face is young and full of much vitality and

My intellect can match that of the greatest scholars.

 

I have a great many talents

But for all of my beauty, talent and intellect

I still am by the heavy chains

Of bigotry, stereotypes, and fear.

 

Yet, one day I shall shatter the chains

The chains that bind me and

Rise up from the ashes of ignorance

For I shall be born anew

Like the fiery phoenix

So that the whole world may

See me in all my beauty.



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