the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice - a poem by Penelope Wilder

Today, in the midst of the most significant social upheaval of an entire generation, this message is deeply appropriate. - photo credit: Spenser

the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice - a poem by Penelope Wilder

the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice

the pigs lap up blood every day in the news

they say send for the mercenaries, burn down the town

let them all know who carries the crown

alert the authorities, raise the alarms

execute their brothers and sisters in arms

i demand for you to no longer stay silent

for no speaking at all is to condone the violence

look around you, clear the wool from your eyes

they want all our bodies to hang from the sky

they’ll string us up themselves if they have enough rope

they’ll beat you with complacency

and choke you with hope

families want justice in exchange for death

but nothing is more despicable

than stealing black breath

so i ask you now, whose side are you on?

they’ll kill us all soon

but i hope that i’m wrong.


Editors note: Today we will respect that #theshowmustbepaused. No music posts will go up until tomorrow, but we wanted to share this poem by Penelope Wilder, a student at Columbia College, in Chicago. The tone and cadence of "the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice" feel similar to protest verses from greats like Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Today, in the midst of the most significant social upheaval of an entire generation, this message is deeply appropriate.


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Author

Penelope Olivia Wilder

Penelope is an undergraduate Playwriting and Literature student at Columbia College Chicago. In addition to writing, she makes coffee and tends to plants in her spare time.

Chicago, IL https://www.instagram.com/penelopeolivia/ Penelope Olivia Wilder

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