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Dear 2016

Dear 2016, can I not be lobotomized by endless scenes of neighborhood violence?

 Can we leave the wrongdoings of Sandra Bland and Eric Garner in the past

And make sure the seeds their stories have sown create a new, fertilized grass

You see I’m tired of plucking the weeds of police brutality

And the thorns of injustice that rape communities

You see the tenderness of my flesh can take no more

I just don’t want my people to feel the pain anymore

I’m tired of our blood shed being the sacrifice that brings us all to shame

The hatred in our hearts in the end has no gain

Can we learn from Mizzou and vow to improve

Can we make sure Black lives matter is a cohesive movement and not just a hashtag

That it’s more than a cliché but an accurate representation of people with something to say

That it brings races together instead of tear them apart

That it breeds understanding and sympathy for faces not brown like mine

That it performs a spiritual healing for battle scars earned over time

That it clinches people’s hearts and tugs their soul

That it raises their blood pressure and loses their sense of control

That it makes you squirm in your seat and feel uncomfortable

That it motivates you to move and recognize that we the people are unstable

Dear 2016, can we please leave Donald Trump behind

The hair and the duck lips and the bigotry he defines

The hatefulness of his words

And his callous disregard for nonwhite nations

The venom of his tongue moves like an airborne pathogen

And I’m just hoping we’re not all foolish enough to breathe in

Dear 2016 can we all pledge to be more open minded

To expand horizons and not fear the sun

And embrace the beauty in our previous misconceptions being undone

The internal devastation of our hearts and our minds now being challenged by things that aren’t propaganda and generational lies

That we embrace the inner beauty we as individuals possess inside

That we help others instead of stroke our ego and pride

That we remember we are all brothers and sisters with merely one life to live

And that we find a place inside of us willing to forgive

Forgive the ones who have wronged us

And forget about the pain felt when they shamed us

That our humiliation is traded for humility

And that we all fight for a united humanity

I know 2016 that I’m asking a lot

But in order to keep the hope, this poem and my resolutions are all that I’ve got

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