the leader of america, his deceitful beliefs tall,
‘we’ll be rid of this chinese virus soon.’
and jeers rise from the stands, heard by all
shoving elders to the ground, the violence masked by insanity
blood staining their old arthritic palms
people’s useless whispers fade, the soundtrack to a tragedy
the daughter holds the phone with a shaky hand
imagining her feeble parents all alone, in fear,
‘it’s okay. america’s still the dream land.
in the streets of new york, another expects no violence
yet her eighty nine years are ripped away,
as fire burns into her skin, screams igniting
the dull beat of her life’s clock starts to silence
the hands that they used to caress their son’s face
tremble as the grandmother mumbles
fidgeting her beads, saying a humble grace
bloody and beaten, they all attempt to get up, their dignity pushed afar
in confusion and a dazed terror
the trauma runs through the community like an open scar
‘my name is xie and you can not silence my voice.’
she hisses at her attacker, and despite the injuries
one million dollars rise up, that is xie’s choice
the asian community holds strong, attempting to keep their everlasting bond
people avoid their helpless eyes, as one stands behind the cowardly face of social media
stretching out on your couch, clicking repost of yet another image, you yawn
you’ve dusted your hands off, i’ve done my job, you happily think
but have you ever stopped and really thought?
how did you help the elders weeping on the streets? did you even blink?
this is not a flash of an eye, not a singular moment,
you say ‘end asian hate’ but you don’t fight the injustice
be a part of it. this is the movement.
it’s lives being lost.
trauma being given.
and at what cost?
how long will it take?
will we go through every community?
watch the bloodshed break?
the hate? we’ve heard it all.
don’t give more wounds. don’t hurt others.
people, stop making america fall.
no one listens to the hurt voices
and we must teach the silent truth
carefully to our children,
the silent truth that bears hate crimes
the silent truth, burdened by lies throughout the times
the silent truth that makes us be quiet, instead of our loud roar
the silent truth that should not be silent anymore
- the silent truth
love this!! especially the line "america is still the dream land". very well written!