Cried A Little

He said he knew
and he finally understood
it was as if a light bulb
went off
a flash of knowledge
and he cried just a little
from the sudden escape
of air that surrounded him
he closed his eyes
and cried just a little
when the knowledge
poured into him
…because he knew
he would never
except
being a black man
in America
if it meant
he would never
be number one
and as they tried
to rise above him
cuffed his hands
behind his back
his defenses went up
and his guard
went down
– and he cried
just a little
as they pushed his face
into the ground
but he knew
and he finally understood
it was as if a light bulb
went off
a flash of knowledge
– and he cried
just a little
as he raised
his head
eyes wide
filled with compassion
filled with pride
because he knew
he had truly won…

© 2015 TrilbyYates

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