Little Black Girl

Protection of a little black girl is important

For if she is not protected

She will lose all of herself

Such a simple task

That no one could do

A slap in the face from people

That were supposed to protect you

 

The pain still lingers in the space

Where you were supposed to protect her

Her heart

 

So young and pure

Yet tainted by the actions of others

Even those she loved

 

It’s not your fault

She wished someone would say

She wished those memories would disappear

From the unwanted father to

A hatred of herself

 

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No shield from the sadness

Or her broken heart

Or her loss of trust

 

Oh, little black girl

I wish to protect you

I hear your cries at night

And your fears in the dark

And your worries that sit upon your small back

While your shoulders hold the weight of the world

And the pain passed down from your family

 

I am sorry you were not protected

I am sorry you drowned in sorrows

I am sorry that some days when you awake

You wish to never see again

 

Oh, little black girl

You were lost

In a jungle

In the fog

In the four walls of your home

 

It is okay to be angry

It is okay to sad

It is okay to be hurt

It is okay to heal

 

Original Illustration by Gina Escandon for Her Campus Media

 

Please forgive yourself

Forgive your broken

Forgive your faith

Forgive those who hurt

For I will protect you now

Give me your life

Your soul

Your heart

And I will keep it safe

Give it to me

Oh, little black girl

I know you love me

But will you let me love you?