Heaven-Leigh A. Peters
They called it assault.
Said I was gonna kill him.
I wouldn't waste my time.
My bruises scream louder than the courtroom did.
I let their voices drown me in that moment
I let my silence soothe me
As if it wasn't my trial
As if it didn't matter
Because it didn't matter
I'm a black woman
He’s a white man
I never had a chance
Each breath was a weight my chest couldn't lift
My tongue too heavy with the truth
How his fingertips stung
How my eyelids hung
How each slur felt like a slap and each slap felt like a shot
He shot me where the the jury could couldn't see
Made me scream in silence
I held the war under my tongue
I left my mind in the courtroom
I became walking bones
Fractured and filled with my own despair
The smell of depression riddles the building
We’re all equal to the dust we will become
Just a shadow too slow to claim
So I sit in my silence
Let it ring
Let it soothe me