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Oh to Walk the Earth

Oh to Walk the Earth

A Poem by Tionge Rosalie Johnson

This was in response to all of the shootings towards black men and women that's been going on recently. And, in response to all of the violence in our world that's been happening.


Oh to walk the earth, with the new and innocent eyes of a child.
Seeing the fresh, vibrant, untarnished land outside.

Oh to walk the earth, and see each other as broken.
Broken pieces of human flesh sewn together by grace,
where each thread's pulled together in unison.

Oh to walk the earth, without the pit stains of racism and oppression.
Where the buckets of sweat and dirt by slaves and native americans are temporarily smeared away. 
So that we, selfishly walk the earth.

Oh to walk the earth, where respect and openness are as easy as the flow of breath from that someone sitting beside you on that 8am train.

Oh to walk the earth,
where the threads of hope bind us together.
The blanket that's supposed to protect us all.

© 2018 Tionge Rosalie Johnson

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Very good writing, sensitively expressed. I share this dream and have felt this way for quite a long time. Yes, if only everyone could walk this earth and, in the words of Martin Luther King, be judged only by the content of our character. Thank you for writing this.

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The words work wonderfully together, keep up the good work ;)

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Added on September 21, 2016
Last Updated on January 10, 2018
Tags: poetry, police brutality, social justice


Tionge Rosalie Johnson
Tionge Rosalie Johnson

Syracuse , NY

I'm a graduate student at the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications studying Arts Journalism where I am specializing in theatre. I have a great passion for writing and editing written work and .. more..