• Akosua Biraa

Better Buy Bootstraps







i am a prisoner

in my own house

because there’s burglar proofing

& barbed wire

strangling

me into prosperity

a hedge slowly

became a wall, then, increasingly

became a wall with gutting glass shards, then, necessarily

became a wall with biting barbed wire

& there’s the burglar proofing too

all asphyxiate me

further into income hierarchy

& fear

need the security

of much sturdier separation

in some nation building itself

serious same-skin segregation

still, live flash, stakes are up|high

can you smell it

is burning

a big hole in solidarity, already singed,

flesh scented sweet smell of success

kills we

but how for do

i’ve progress to be making

w/ or w/o you who cannot afford to buy bootstraps,

laces undone

in a do or die race, reality

out here, no be easy o

call it development of the fittest

one cute concept for future selves, plus

me into prosperity

strangling

because there’s burglar proofing

& barbed wire

in my own house

i am a prisoner


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