Black History Month Series, Poetry

Spiritual Gift of Strength in Civil Disobedience

The following poem was written as a part of my mentoring position in Pongo Poetry Project’s King County Juvenile Detention Center. Each week in preparation for working with students in juvenile detention, mentors write a poem  inspired by a specific theme. The week of January 17th we wrote along the theme of Civil Disobedience, I shared the poem as apart of the poetry project and after writing several articles as a part of the Black History Month Series, this poem is a perfect embodiment of civil disobedience as apart of Black History.

The Gift of Civil Disobedience

To disobey civilly
Is to listen to the force within me
To hear the voice
That says please
Stand up, fight
and dissolve your fear with ease

To disobey civilly
Is to let the spirits guide my feet
Ancestors whose souls breath
into me
courage and bravery

To disobey civilly
Is to care less about
What challenges face me
To exit the limits
of law’s boundaries
To drop my stress
and walk into this test fearlessly

To disobey civilly
Is to honor the lives
Of those before me
To respect the battles
That were fought
For my peace
To continue for those
That will follow my lead

To disobey civilly
Is to know that death
Is waiting for me
So while I wait
I must break
The rules of this dark place
And accept my bright fate

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About Amani Sawari

I am a University of Washington alum, Class of 2016. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in two majors: Media and Communications AND Law, Economics and Public Policy. It's a mouthful but it illustrates how I have a hard time doing only one 'thing'. I am a writer, poet, singer, songwriter and much more. I enjoy sharing my experiences and perspectives with those who are interested and I am a proud member of the black diaspora!
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