A-FRAYED by Tonya Childers
Today, my emotions are frayed -
As I contemplate the hate;
As we lay earth on more graves;
As they retain black bodies in chains.
Today, my heart is frayed -
When we wake up to more of the same;
When the silence screams our pain;
When we find justice yet unattained.
Today, my nerves are frayed -
Because my husband went outside;
Because my brother went for a drive;
Because my people just want to survive.
Today, on my knees I pray -
For the men who won’t come home;
For the woman who answers the phone;
For the babies who will suffer alone.
Today, I am A-FRAYED. But I am not AFRAID.
We are strong in our spiritual faith.
We see unity in our community in waves.
And I pray for that elusive day,
When we will have knit the frays.