I Can Keep A Secret, Can You?

Sunsets always jolt me awake

Bus rides to and from work begin to drain

Not my body, but my mind

The things I witness in half-time

Dimmed by Demi’s sultry tunes

Be still, my heart’s freaking out

It is, though, when I see the disease

the murder, and the mystery

That to me seems not just coincidence

But subplot in a world run by governments

Hellbent on guarding life from the living

And stringing death on a line for us to grasp

As if it’s something worth fighting for

The rich don’t get richer, the poor stay poor

Because everyone’s too numb to strive

And why try if you don’t know how

I can keep a secret, can you?

Politics are a prison if you close your eyes long

Keep them open and cardboard signs

Are glued to your hands, wrists, and forehead

Keep telling me that my vote matters

But another day, another dollar

Another black brother’s blood is splattered

There go the sirens, there go our fathers

Send my mama to the altar, empty handed

But ask for a tithe to keep your million

Dollar church intact, collections pushing back

I just don’t feel confident in me

I don’t feel confident in anyone realizing

Anything

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