you have to learn
you have to earn
your place in the scheme of things
the dream of things
not fall to underhand
you strain, your back clicks
throwing yourself behind
a task to expand the mind
a mission to learn more
to kick open every door
you don’t cast light into the shadows
you don’t tear down the gallows
you don’t stop the lynching
or see the political lynchpin
all of this is invisible to you
do you know Pine Ridge?
have you heard about Four Little Girls?
have you shared The Dream?
have you operated by Any Means Necessary?
were you there in spirit at Stonewall?
there are many more
just agree that Black Lives Matter
when you hear #metoo show support
building society isn’t a competitive sport
it isn’t a money game
it is a learning experience
it is not a game of parrot
it is more than just a ballot
it is something we need to win at
it is something we need to win
it is something