August 20, 2021

My Father Said


Cleveland, Ohio

If I spoke up after 40 years, does it take away what you’ve done. Does my life get any better if you spend yours in jail?


If I spoke up
After 40 years
Does it take away what you’ve done
Does my life get any better
If you spend yours in jail

My father said
Do you have your legs
Do you have your arms
Then you’ll be okay
That is kept me standing
And I’m still here

When I woke up
There were two of them
They held a knife at my throat
They had a necktie tied
Over my eyes
Then they took turns

My father said…

I don’t have the answers
But something’s got to give
I want to break the silence but
That alone won’t heal

My father said…

Story Source




Malcolm Brooks

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