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I’m angry because I’m Black
And the world hates me for it

I’m angry because
I have to control my anger
And not allowed to explore it

I’m angry because I’m caged
Isn’t that enough

I’m angry because I miss women
Their smell, their taste, their touch

I’m angry over pollution, poverty, hypocrisy
I’m angry because my fate
Is decided by bureaucracy

I’m angry because
I have a real lack of patience

I’m angry because it feels good
Righteous indignation

I’m angry because of
George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery

I’m angry because
My sons’ world is dark and scary
I’m angry because my childhood
Was no childhood at all

I’m angry because I watched them
Celebrate my fall

I’m angry, so angry
Because I want change

Why aren’t you angry
Do you not feel the same

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Davon Blackstone

Davon Blackstone is a poet and writer incarcerated in California.