To Be Seen and Heard

a found poem from All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, pgs. 292-294

Holly Esbeck

Because some people had told me racism was a thing of the past.

But that was nuts.

Because racism was alive and real as shit.

Unless we did something about it.

What the hell did he die for

If it doesn’t count for all of us.

Asking only to be seen and heard.