“The Dark Knight” by Shawn Demetrius Price

In a world based on hatred,
I did not stay placed.
I escaped the flames,
Burnt crosses,
Hangings,
Drive-bys,
Police violence
Gang bangin’,
I couldn’t even die by my own hand,
I just wake up.

I have lived 9 lives,
With the will of 1000 men,
But I’ve been given no name,
They say,
Me and my brethren
All look the same.

“Lord give me strength”
That’s how I maintain.
No happening,
I was simply born this way.

I am just a black man,
But I’ve had to save myself every day.

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