Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018



I whisper

the words of African proverbs

for the courage

to emerge from

the shadows of

No Man’s Land

rising above the residue

of innocent blood slaughtered

where privilege meets supremacy

and depression and oppression

interlace in twisted realities

becoming the norm

where Secret Empires leap

beyond comic book pages

under the rebirth of a nation

where all that’s new

is old… familiar…

or great again.

I ask Spirit

to grant me the endurance

to heal, love,

imagine, plan,

do, create,


because I, too,

like Langston,

am America’s dreams

no longer deferred

where breathing,

living, and thriving

are not crimes

against humanity

and existence is fertile


my life matters


I will


be denied.




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