“And so, The Black Girl Sings in a Whisper,” an excerpt from Dichotomy by Mikhayla Robinson

And so, The Black Girl Sings in a Whisper

I might be too loud for this one,
Maybe a little off-key.

My life has been an echo-chamber of complaints,
Of things I will never be allowed to do.

One day I’ll skip down the street
Running straight through traffic,
Afro and all.

I’ll look at everyone who uttered an order,
And I’ll break every rule.

Most importantly,
I’ll love myself more than anyone else did

from Dichotomy

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