I’ll open my eyes,
I’ll fly,
when their hate brings me
down, still
I will fly,
I will fly for the little
girl,
still learning to use her
Beautiful beautiful voice.
I will rise up
for the boy
who wants to be a girl,
for the girl
who doesn’t want to be either.
I will still yet speak
for all who have no voice,
who are something others
can’t realize is okay.
I will speak
so that someday,
the world can be different,
so that we all
are accepted.
Black Lives Matter.
They matter because
We still
don’t
see
they do.
We think
we are finished,
but still,
Some have to rise,
to fly
Above the hate
because others haven’t
learned to yet
but they shouldn’t
have to,
right?
The little children
who only want
to play,
they shouldn’t have to
Worry
about being shot
because they were
having fun.
No one should have to
worry
like that.
So,
We All shall
Rise,
We All shall
Fly,
We All shall
teach others to
Rise
with us.
Fly,
Beautiful Children,
Fly Home.

In this assignment, we were asked to write a poem that is similar to a speech, but in verse. We wanted to write about something that is important to us and use a repeating phrase to get our point across. For my poem, I used the repeating phrases: ‘fly, rise’ and ‘speak’. These phrases were meant to show rising above the hate that is pushed upon us, to be the better person. I enjoyed this assignment because I got to let my feelings out of me in verse. When I read this poem, it makes me feel strong and inspired to stand up like so many before me. When other people read this poem, I hope they are inspired to do good and to speak out for what they believe is right..

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