Written by Maurice Brian Henderson
"Fighting Back" Someone dying hear tonite by gunshots or police brutality Summoned tears and loud cries will become hollered as wind chimes that weather the storm Colored Girls Now push back toward the violence that signify ITS WINTER IN AMERICA the abide within Godspell of Go Tell My People Chained/Shackled/Bound Harkening of No More Dying Hear and the Resisting Arrest of Near death experiences laid down as burden to Say that the River Turns These Colored Girls otherwise/also/known as Bitches Are No longer countless of the Unbroken Endangered Species and the America’s Most Wanted postcard signature lost of Black Lives Matter Colored Girls, Ladies, Women, Females and their bodies so often echoed in the chambers of cradled robbed graveyards and tombstones that soothe say/ a brilliance that resound from the captivity as the matters and fact finding of Death be Not Proud and the Souls looking Back of wonder/years arrested development Resist the Fighting Temptation Unarmed/Arrested Fortune Told Sequential of DOA (Dead On Arrival) And the We Shall Not Be Moved Assault/Say It Ain't So Resist........ Resist....... Resist....... Resist..........
Maurice Brian Henderson is a 1987 graduate of the Penn Publishing Institute and was a Van Pelt College House Graduate Fellow from 1989-1990. He has previously served as a Creative Writing Instructor for the Penn Upward Bound Program and as a Visiting Writer for the Gear-Up program at Kelly Writers House. His plays have been produced at Penn by the Black Arts League and the Rotunda Theater. His recent tenure at Penn was as an Adjunct Fellow and Community Scholar at the Center for Public Health Initiatives. Presently a member of Men of Color at Penn, he has written for several campus publications such as the Daily Pennsylvanian, Visions Magazine by Makuu: The Black Cultural Center, and The F-Word Magazine.
Illustration: Alyssa Sliwa is an illustrator for The F-Word Magazine. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.