Dear Black Boy

Aderonke Adelegan

Dear Black Boy
The world was not made for you
Weapons have been fashioned against you
The skin  you wear has become your enemy
Yet you stand.
 
Dear Black Boy
With rich skin colored by God himself
They have been plotting against you
They pray and worship at the altar for your downfall
Yet you stand.
 
Dear Black Boy
That hoodie will not keep you warm
It is what attracts the wolves
They smell the blackness and point their guns
Yet you stand
 
Dear Black Boy
You are your brother’s keeper
Your sister’s watcher
For evil does not rest
You must stand
 
Dear Black Boy
Express yourself
Do not hide behind an idea of masculinity
You must stand.
 
Dear Black Boy
Life isn’t easy, especially for you
But you MUST stand.