We say we don’t know
what to say around them / they / us / he / his / she / her / hers / they / them
none of our business
and when a black father offered love and support
we suddenly knew
our tongues awoke from the deepest slumber with ignorance
black people have become too assimilating
and you assimilate for whom’s benefit?
you tell yourself it is for you and you accept anyone because you and your people know
better than anyone right?
Harp on pain miseducation
when will you know there is no right way to be
for the white man to love you
and more importantly for you to love yourself
you haven’t given yourself permission
so why should others seek it from you?
Zaya is here to stay
you love her uniqueness too,
you just don’t know it yet.