I may not say all the right things.
I won’t always be the first to know or understand.
I will never feel the true weight of your burdens or carry your individualistic fears.
But I will not abide by any pride that human nature has allowed to reside within me.
I won’t use loving words of any faith and disfigure it with incorrect citations of hate.
I will hear what you say when you speak because listening isn’t quite the same sentiment.
My heart will grab a hold of you as my eternal sibling.
There will always be a teachable moment for me but my intentions shall remain pure.
When you defy the current format of “equality,” I will always be by your side.
I will challenge any bias that surfaces on the journey of my own evolution.
I will educate those who need it the most even if we’re bound by blood.
I will honor you because you breathe the same air as me.
I will respect you because you put one foot in-front of the other like me.
I love you simply because you’re human.
This piece is part of Breakthrough’s program By & For; An initiative to amplify the lived experiences of creative girls and gender non-conforming youth of color in authentic, nuanced, and respectful ways, and provide them with platforms to share their own creative work, on their own terms. Support By & For here.