November 2, 2007
By tamara alexander, Simmesport, LA

I just want to BE
Free as the spirits of those who left
I’m talking Malcolm, Coltrane, and who can forget granny
I just want to BE
Able for my people to take a step in a new direction
New breath and resurrection
I just want to BE
They told me inside is where the fight lay
And everything they do really ain’t what they say
I just want to BE
In a better situation
We got arm’s but don’t reach for the sky
Waiting on the Lord to rise
I just want to BE
Look into my little brother’s eyes
And through him I realize
I’m going to learn more
Whether diamonds or furs
Benz or Jags
The present is a gift
I just want to BE

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