Black Women Writers @ Southwestern University

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Race & Rape Poetry

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Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago I randomly started writing this poem and just recently got it to a place I really like. I was reflecting a lot on the topic of the class and its correlation to the sexual assault and rape culture dialogue that the campus had at the end of February while I was writing it. Let me know what you think:

“Keep Seeing?”

Race

Rape

Just one letter of difference

C

P

C p

K p

Keep

Keep

Keep c

Keep c-ing

Keep seeing what?

Race?

Is that a good thing? To see a person’s race

You keep yourself in line and aware of your actions

But you keep yourself in line

Reserved and obviously aware that they are different

From you

Keeping them away

From you

So by keep seeing race you keep seeing difference

But ignoring the c

Keeping the C in place

Keeping race in place

But we cannot pretend

Not to see the C

We erase what makes them unique

We erase their life experiences

We erase the parts of them outside our lines

We erase them

We erase

C

So we don’t have to see

R A C E

We erase

Because we feel they put us out of place

Place

What is our place?

What is our place, as women?

Why is there a correlation between women, submission, and rape?

Its incessant, and incorrect

Women shouldn’t have to submit

Women shouldn’t be raped

Why is it only focused on how women fall victim

Are forced to submit

Why is it not mentioned of men as well?

Why do we keep seeing the mention of women being raped

And not men?

Why do we keep seeing women raped?

Why do we keep seeing rape?

Why do we keep seeing rape?

Why do we keep seeing rape?

Why do we keep seeing rape?

Why do we keep seeing rape?

Why do we keep seeing rape? When do we

Snap out of it

Rape

Assault

A salt

A salt in our wounds

A grain of salt in our wounds, rubbing around

Incessant

Incessant

Incessant. Rape.

Incessant.

Sexual Assault.

It is incessant.

I keep seeing it

I keep meeting it.

Not introduced but I see it, I see it around

Keeping the P in place

Keeping it inside

Without invitation

What happens when it refuses to budge?

Race

Rape

C P

If we eliminate the two letters, we find

R A E

Ray

A ray of hope

For our society, could become something better

But will it?

Neither C nor P

Nor R A E will do it

The problem needs Y O U

And U S

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4 thoughts on “Race & Rape Poetry

  1. Thank you for sharing your poetry! I thought it was a really wonderful take on ideas of rape and race. Again thank you

  2. AHHHH. I am loving this!!!! So so awesome!

  3. So thought provoking, and necessary.

  4. I really love how you’ve tied the two. What a creative poem, I really love it.

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