i remember

I remember the way it was

I remember feeling like I did not matter

I remember becoming a number

 

I remember that day

I remember all of the days

I remember the arrogance

I remember the smirk

I remember the proof

I remember we the people not caring

 

I remember the smoke

I remember the anger

I remember the loathing

I remember the hatred

I remember the world pleading for unity

I remember the defiance, the solitude

I remember the lack of remorse

I remember, over and over, “with us or against us”

I remember the disgrace

I remember the declaration

I remember the pictures

I remember the lies

I remember the second declaration

I remember pitting citizen against citizen

 

I remember the closed door, the back door

I remember the surveillance

I remember bill after bill stripping my rights naked

I remember the scandals

I remember the torture

I remember the division

I remember the collapse

 

I remember the acceptance of social sin for the safety of the voter

 

I remember schools getting packed

I remember jobs being lost

I remember bombs being made

 

I remember staring at the blank television screen where the coffins draped with American flags should have been.

 

I remember zero sense of sacrifice

I remember never being asked

I remember being encouraged not to

 

When you ask me about my bias and my scorn…

When you mock me for being too angry in this life…

When you question my honor and my motives…

When you remind me that it is all in the past…

When you scold me for recalling that past…

 

I remember

 

I remember the cowardice of this citizenry

I remember no accountability for our current condition

I remember the people of the republic accepting no responsibility

 

Take off the masks

Understand why

Question instead of answer

 

Until that time

I will keep remembering

I will hold strong to my beliefs

 

I was there…

I remember

 

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