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I Can't Breathe

A poem by rabbi sussman

I Can’t Breathe


I can’t breathe,

The knee of oppression

Is on my neck.


I can’t breathe,

The air of my city

Is filled with tear gas.


I can’t breathe,

I am filled with rage

And the smoke of burning buildings.


I can’t breathe

Because the air is filled with contempt for

people of different colors.


I can’t breathe

Because my country is suffocating

And the air of democracy is getting thinner and thinner.


I can’t breathe

Because I am grieving for America

And praying its dreams aren’t dying

In the streets of our nation tonight.


Rabbi Lance J. Sussman


Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

Elkins Park, PA

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