Dare to Defy
Oh, loved ones, keep your brave face,
for our days of battle have just begun.
Though we rose this high, more will
attack our defenses, twisting lies about
our worth. They crucify us, again and
again, each nail painting a new, deeper
shade of red, and when we die, the locusts
feast on decaying human flesh. They move relentlessly, mow everything in their path,
till all that is left is ash and dust. We will
face death yet again, but, like always,
we shall rise again. We resist our adversaries
bravely, daring to defy those who defy us.
Fairley Lloyd (she/her) is a Black and bisexual writer from North Carolina passionate about mental health and equity. She earned a BFA in creative writing with a publishing certificate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her writing appears in Press Pause, Spoonie Magazine, Ripe Literary Journal, and elsewhere. You can find her online at fairleylloyd.com or sporadically on Twitter (@fairleylloyd) and Instagram (@fairleywords).