Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Fathers, Step Fathers, Uncles, Cousins, Boyfriends and Strangers: Never Again

will we deny the scars left by your hands.
The lies told after deeds done in dark spaces under half-moon
skies. The stars were snatched from our innocent eyes.
And we will not protect you under the veil of blackness.

The lies, about dark deeds in private spaces under half-moons,
words whispered softly, like “don’t tell” and “keep this.”
We will never again protect you under the veil of blackness,
or stifle victims’ pain for your glory.

The lies! The deeds done in dark spaces under half-moons
will come to the light, and bring ire despite
softly whispered words, like “don’t tell” and “keep this
to yourself, young black or non-black girl.”

We will not protect you underneath the pitch black
skies. Stars were snatched from our innocent eyes!
So there will be no silent victims’ pain for your glory.
No. We will never again deny the scars left by your hands.

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