Poet: Natalie Murdock of University High School of Indiana
It is painful, frustrating
To be overlooked and forced out of touch
To come to grips with the fact
That she has to work twice as hard for half as much
But in the thunder and rain
She seeks out her poetic justice
“The King and his followers will figure it out”
She says, “to me they must adjust”
She struggled continuously in her life
With accepting Social Darwinism
She didn’t understand why the King and His followers
Hated the principles of Martin and Malcolm
But rather than allowing that struggle
To keep her from fulfilling her duties
She acknowledged the struggle, worked through it,
And understood in this struggle there is beauty.
She cannot be moved
A strong force of nature. Unstoppable. Beautiful. Brown.
And as she proceeds to be judged by the King.
She is refused the opportunity of a crown.
The King believes
She is not acceptable just because of her skin
She is not extended resources
And is viewed by the king as “less than”
All of the King’s followers
Obviously chose to follow suit
Staring at her body and features
They are extremely harsh in what they do.
But the King and his followers
Really pushed to get in her head
“Girl we know all you’re good for
Is hair braiding and the bed””
But she knew through all of this
She was worth more
Though nobody believed
She had a high GPA and ACT score.
Battered and broken, and covered with negativity
She did not become
Instead she lived persistently,
Focused on being number one.
When she would study
the king and his followers
Would look at her like she’s crazy
“Guys, ya’ll know she ain’t gone get nothin better than a C”
But crazy she was not
Her journey had just begun
They didn’t see what was going on
But she knew she had won
When it came to her confidence
She knew the king did not matter
She did not allow them to reduce her to their
Ridiculous thoughts and labels and the word “nigger”
She walked, she talked,
and she also believed
That despite the king and his rejection
She knew she was a young, black, queen.
Though the King and his followers
They attempted to bog her down
It was deep inside her beautiful soul
That she was able to find her crown.
She’s royalty. Full of loyalty, positivity,
Best believe…she will fulfill her dream.
She’s a young, black, queen.