Found poetry from Janelle Monae

Every now and then I post some poetry here that is not my original work, but poetry I stumbled upon that spoke to me in a special way. These Janelle Monae lyrics from a few years back fit that description. Read and enjoy.

“Are we a lost generation of our people?
Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal.
She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel.
So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?

They keep us underground working hard for the greedy,
But when it’s time to pay they turn around and call us needy.
My crown’s too heavy like the Queen Nefertiti
Gimme back my pyramid, I’m trying to free Kansas City.
Mixing masterminds like your name’s Bernie Grundman.
Well I’m gonna keep leading like a young Harriet Tubman

You can take my wings but I’m still goin’ fly
And even when you edit me the booty don’t lie
Yeah, keep singing and I’mma keep writing songs
I’m tired of Marvin asking me, “What’s Going On?
March to the streets ‘cuz I’m willing and I’m able
Categorize me, I defy every label

And while you’re selling dope, we’re gonna keep selling hope
We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
Will you be electric sheep?
Electric ladies, will you sleep?
Or will you preach?”  
 

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