I can’t breathe when you look at me like I’m a piece of….

I can’t breathe each time you cross over the other side of the road clutching your handbag tight

I can’t breathe when the security guard follows me around more than anyone else who has come to shop

I can’t breathe when I have the qualification but my shade brings disqualification from the position

I can’t breathe when:

My very existence is denied

My darkness I cannot hide

First Class i’m not permitted to ride

In the shadeless I cannot confide

A lamb to the slaughter am I

Your knee pressed on my throat leaves me wondering why

You hate me so much that my hopes, dreams and spirit must die

But then I remember this is not how the story ends

For there is coming a day my Saviour will come with healing in His wings

His Breath of Life to me He brings 

And with His angels I find my place and sing:



(C) Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip

58 thoughts on “THERE IS COMING A DAY

  1. Thank you for writing this I appreciate getting the chance to read it. It was well written and brought forth a very good point keep up the good work.

  2. Excellent piece Darell and even more important thought brought to light. Wish this voice reach every corner of the globe and all of us become one.

    • Aww thanks for the support Morenike – it’s an emotional time for us all right now but we’ll get through this because we always do – we be strong people! πŸ˜ƒπŸ™πŸ’›

  3. Ceidre

    So very apt.& relateable – thank you. The racism I experienced in Rhodesia – and in Wales comes flooding back with the vids of wats happening in America. I never thought Id be crying so much with the pain and hurt experienced nearly all my life culminating in my 3 and a half years of been in Wales. The denigration, the snide remarks, the whispers and the outright racists body language reminds me all the time that ‘Im not good enough!
    But living under the King Emmanuel tells me I am not wat they say I am…
    I want to channel this anger in a constructive & positive way to exalt the Lord…
    I need prayers of submission and prayers to.β€πŸ’–β€ my enemies…

    • Amen Ceidre! I appreciate your comment and am sorry for all you have been through! Your so right, had it not been for King Emmanuel, where would you and I be? Stay blessed and keep the faith! πŸ™πŸ˜ƒπŸ’›

  4. Your poem reaches my soul…how tender it is…and how glorious the ending. βœ¨πŸ’› It is my first time visiting your blog and I have found much beauty here. I have subscribed and will return to read some more another time. May your words and your light be a blessing upon the world. βœ¨πŸ™

  5. Darrell I am white but as a migrant who was trapped in an abusive situation, I can relate to many of your experiences. I would also add the pain of watching your children go through some of these things.You are not alone , sadly worldwide toxic and ignorant people have seemed to have it all their own way at times but perhaps the tide is beginning to turn. I hope this is the beginning of better times for you and perhaps the world.(at least for a while)

    • I appreciate your comment! Thanks for sharing your experience while also acknowledging the current situation! Blessings and well wishes to you also! πŸ˜ƒπŸ™πŸ’›

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