Work But To Remain at Your Mercy?
Take But What You Can
You can take away my employment
but never the work for which I was meant.
You can take away my opportunity to return to college
but never the will to enhance my knowledge.
You can take away all my funds
but never the richness that fills me to know
that this part of you I can never become.
You can take away my credit
but never my credibility.
You can take away my car
but never my drive.
You can “black-list” me,
left and right,
but never will you taint the black I see in light.
You can take away my civil-right complaints
but the conditions you create
infect your world just the same.
You can take away my life
but never the Ancestral Memory of the Soul
which always seems to indiscriminately arise to stand tall
and incessantly fight for the Basic Human Rights
which are, in plain sight,
Natural for us All.
Luis Ángel Pérez,
Educator & Advocate
Friday, August 05, 2016