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'Royal,' a poem about Meghan Markle: 'Because of a fear of Black skin they will let a woman drown'

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Duchess Meghan holds her baby son Archie as she and Prince Harry met Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 25, 2019.

Leslé Honoré is a self-described Blaxican poet, activist and mother who writes about social justice. As she watched Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Sunday, she was inspired by what she was hearing. 

“I was writing as I watched,” she said.

Royal

No matter how gentle the Black

How light the skin

How gorgeous the face

How talented the soul

How pure the intentions

They will not protect us

No matter how innocent the life

How secure the birthright

Titles will be stripped

And babies tossed to wolves

Because of a fear of Black skin

They will let a woman drown

In their lies

They will let the darkness

Swallow her

See her reach out for help

And not only turn their backs

But crush her fingers beneath their feet

With hopes she will plummet off the cliff

The why is obvious

The why is consistent

The why is always the same

Black

Leslé Honoré

They want her suffering

Because Blackness

Because she was breathing

While Black

Because her Light

Outshines the white

With her Blackness

They will turn their backs

On their own

Stop taking calls from their

Sons

Because of Blackness

And what else should we expect

From the birth place

Of white supremacy

The birth place of slavery

The birth place of the patriarchy

The soul of colonialism

And

What else should we expect

From a lineage of resilience

Of beauty

Of strength

Of everlasting hope

Her bounce back

Her reboot

Her survival

Catch this #BlackGirlMagic

Catch this brilliance

Catch this happy

Catch this radiance

That not even 1200 years of hate

Can kill

Catch this liberation

Catch this revolution

This World Woman

This Global Majority

Catch all of this

Unbreakable

Blackness

She doesn’t need your titles

She has always been a Queen

Leslé Honoré is a poet in Chicago. Her first book of poems, Fists & Fire, was self-published and her next one will be a children’s book called Brown Girl, Brown Girl after the tribute poem written about Vice President Kamala Harris. 

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