Almost free

I want to be free
Not the freedom that everyone talks about
That America shit
I want my own freedom
Freedom to walk the streets at night
Freedom to feel safe
Freedom to feel my own bodily integrity
Freedom to love myself

I need to be free
Not that freedom that politicians throw around like a joke
Freedom to love who I want
Freedom to love my brown skin
My curly hair
My mixed being
My mixed emotions
My mixed self

I struggle to be free
Stop telling me what’s wrong
What’s right
Who’s good
Who’s bad
What I should eat
What I should wear
How to make my eyebrows look a little more acceptable
How to make my body better

I will be free

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