Bodies as commerce

moved, chained, sold

to the highest bidder.

Your birthright.

You speak with such 


on how to be civilized.

Your words puncturing the air

like the bullets you used to 

teach me 

how to be


It’s like the time you reconstituted yourself,

embracing your brothers

who fought to keep me

chained, moved, sold.

Packaging up and selling 

your brand of civilization

the world over.

My body, my family

your birthright.