Death Line by Bria Samoné Henderson

Photo by Jessica Felicio on Unsplash

It be like an incurable disease

More so a death sentence

It seems as if Negroes were born to wait in

a long line to meet our blackness in death

We waiting for the other shoe to drop or

the other rope

Getting sized for our own lynching

Making sure our ropes fit good

Oh how blatant it is

And yet, still, we are trying to prove it

How many more lungs do we have to fill

with screams for you to see?

How many more bodies do you have to see

lose life?

I don't know the answers anymore

All I know is America doesn't like to use

white paint to mark streets, they rather

out blood

Must be the tint of it when it dries

All I know is I am still breathing and I'm

clearly waiting in a death line with all the

other Black folks

I must be further at the end cause I'm still


I might as well make it count?

Bria Samoné Henderson is a talented young actress from Richmond, VA who, currently, is appearing in FX's MRS. AMERICA on Hulu opposite Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Banks, Margo Martindale, Niecy Nash, and Sarah Paulson. She earned her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program. Along with acting, Bria is also a spoken word artist and has traveled the world-- from the Apollo Theatre to Akure, Nigeria, sharing her words.

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