i don’t want to keep living in the past

i don’t want to keep living in the past
these ghosts that cling to me
no longer give me comfort
and i want to build some kind
of a future

i believe there is a way
forward
a way to love myself
into a future
and find love
waiting there
a life that looks
different
than what i have yet known
and challenges me to
be my best

i don’t want to keep living in the past
these fears that hold me back
stop me from doing
all that i know i am capable of
and being more

somewhere out there
lies the future
where they try to tell me
my kind won’t survive
but we are going to
prove them wrong
we are the builders
of that future
we are the mothers
of that future
we are the lovers
of that future

i don’t want to keep living in the past
these dying weeds
that try to choke me and
silence me
cannot win out in the end

renegotiating
everything
but i am not willing
to renegotiate
my humanity
or the basic respect
i demand from
anyone who wants
a piece of me

Find more from Aaminah on their website.

Image credit: “The Future’s So Bright” by Aaminah Shakur

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