Breath

Breath

i can’t breath, i can’t cry, i can’t even sigh
when you pushed me hard, down the ground
and why? just why?
because i am different?
my color is different from yours?
since when did colors matter?
since when did you have the right to treat me like i’m not even half a human?

i can’t breath, i can’t cry, i can’t even sigh
when you humiliated me in public
and why? just why?
because i am not like you?
my beliefs are different from yours?
since when did differences in beliefs matter?
since when did you have the right to ridicule me?

why the need to segregate
why the need to separate

different colors?
different races?
different beliefs?
different status?

it’s choking me. i can’t breath. i can’t cry. i can’t even sigh.

i need to breath. survive. live

from an IG prompt by Rose of Areadingwriter- Song: I Can’t Breathe (H.E.R)

29 Comments

  1. Rupali says:

    Profound words Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thank you so much Rupali..😊

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      1. Rupali says:

        Most welcome Mich.

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  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Sad that racism still permeates society.

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    1. michnavs says:

      It is indeed GH.. so sad…thank you…😊

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      1. Garfield Hug says:

        πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ₯°

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  3. Chris Hall says:

    I’m winking back the tears, living in a country where racism and structural inequality is endemic and ingrained. There is such a huge mountain to climb to make things better.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I echo your sentiments Chris….thank you so much…

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  4. Sadje says:

    Beautifully written message Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Sadje…😊

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! How are you doing?

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      2. michnavs says:

        Thank you so much Sadje for asking..i am fine…how about you?

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      3. Sadje says:

        I’m good too. After seeing your poems daily in October, I am missing you here. πŸ’–

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      4. michnavs says:

        Thank you so much Sadje…been really busy with a lot of mommy things and the travel bans and restrictions are making it even harder…πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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      5. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! Take care

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  5. Zakiah says:

    Wow! What an imagery of emotional abuse!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Zak…😊

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  6. murisopsis says:

    I read this and felt my throat tighten… Was this misogyny of domestic violence? Was this police brutality? Was this racism rearing its ugly head? And of course the answer is – yes. A very powerful poem of pure emotion!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Val…it is just sad that violence like this still happens and exist despite of all the efforts in awareness …

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  7. Such a heart-written heart-read poem, SweetMich. This brings the tears flowing. So sad. Everyone is the same inside… we want the same things inside…so why can’t we be united over our insides? Things like, wanting love, respect, a good world for our children and grandchildren, peace, joy, kindness, compassion, acceptance, affirmation, to be heard, etc. Oh, I wish the peoples of the world could unite over these!
    (((HUGS))) ❀

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    1. michnavs says:

      Ahhh very well said Carolyn…if only we can unite as one..not mindful of our differences in colors, races and beliefs …thank you so much..

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  8. PS…please keep writing and sharing your heart. You are positively changing the world with each poem you write.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so so much Carolyn..😊

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  9. iidorun says:

    So well put, Mich! I echo what others have said here. We are more than what is seen on the outside.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh hello Irma..so happy to see you here…thank you so much for dropping by..

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Chuck..😊

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  10. This poem tugs deeply. It is unimaginable why this pain and differences exist.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Prgalbha…it is sad ..but i hope one day, soon…we see a change in our society

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