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A chain loops three times around a Black man's hands
Photo by Eyasu Etsub on Unsplash

O yes indeed
How brave of me
I chose a life of slavery
What my ancestors railed against
I walked into so brazenly
I gave up my freedom
Without hesitation
Balked at the rules
As I spit in their faces
I took my liberty for granted
And had it rescinded
Wound up bound in chains
Like those from whom I am descended
I thought that picking up a gun
Made me big, made me brave
Now looking back on it
All it made me was a slave

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Davon Blackstone is a poet and writer incarcerated in California.