S.R. Lazar

There was a moment
not too long
after the turn of the century,
or at least it felt soon after,
where they tried
one last desperate
attempt to cling to their grandfather’s insistence of genetic dominance
determined by gender
when all could not sleep
A night that made anxiety
Weak in the knees as we watched
A decision of the shameless
Of powerless deniers
Of absolute enablers
Because to look in the mirror
Would remind them of all of
The Mothers and maybe their
Fathers who made them
And how they too are both
Victim and lost
To convenience of amnesia
But we were watching
We knew this would happen
Another symptom of excuses
Of excess
And no accountability
But it was time.
Because this was the straw
That broke the straw on top
Of the last thing that happened
We thought we were past
Already we were all

Original Chameleons -Inspired by Jaki Shelton Green and “Color of Reality” by Alexa Meade, Jon Boogz, and Lil Buck

We were the original
and who
will take our place?

Get back up
You fool
To lie here while
Your mother weeps

Look now.
Do not give in to the
Typical Outcome.

Get back up
and remind that
little girl on a bike
that passer-by
that by-stander
they just missed their chance
To Awaken their Spirit.

Do you think
their own trauma
Keeps them Blind?

You’d had enough,
didn’t you?
What was left unsaid?

Who will call her now
and tell her
You’re Gone
and she can give up
the Waiting.

Look over there
on the other side of that mountain.
Can’t you see her
face in the window
imagining the Euphoria
of your

Get up and tell her
She will never know
What happened to

Those people.

Those people.

Get up now
See the disguise
that was unnecessary
Your hiding place
Your Take a Stand
You’re fed up with-

Get UP!

You lay there to bleed
They need your story
They need that courage
To show how taken and
Stolen, your talent
Your Birthright Potential

Wipe the stains
Off your hands.
Get up now
and join her at the window.

This was never and always
the way you came home.

This was never and always
the way you came home.

© Samantha Lazar2019