Poetry: Raindrops Can Rise! By Lana Bell

November 14

 

Police every­where. People every­where. Brad­ford City centre’,

a white sky of suprem­acy hung like death

a ghost sky

of inter­n­al­ised ali­en­a­tion.

I asked a motion­less white police officer at the Inter­change:

“What type of dogs you got in the van?”, I asked as inno­cent as a shy eight­een year old girl can.

“Ger­man Shep­herds” he replied with a fierce look in his eyes.

The beat of Brad­ford; Rain fall can rise!

it was a damp protest, Sat­urday 14th Novem­ber, Spit­ting rain, Brad­ford air, and sea breeze from the tears of unrep­res­en­ted people and tears that weren’t so clear. The beat of Brad­ford- the bass of protests, at lunch­time, no music at all, you could hear.

Sus­pense. Silence. Sad­ness.

Real people walked through puddles and puddles

of fresh res­ist­ance,

with the anti-fas­cist coun­ter-protest fully alive, full of life, con­ver­sa­tion flow — the beat of Brad­ford. Rain­drops Can Rise!

“EDL Go Home!”

“Whose streets? Our streets” so many young people would chant togeth­er — The beat of Brad­ford. Rain­drops even­tu­ally Rise!

Kettled in. Only five minutes. This eight­een year old Rain­drop has so little exper­i­ence of get­ting tied down with real fear. EDL Go Home, you are bey­ond every use of every swear word!

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Lana Bell

Lana Bell

Author / Poetry Edit­or at I Am Hip-Hop 
Lana Bell, is an eight­een year old Lon­don­er who is based in Bris­tol. She is an emer­ging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Edit­or for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writ­ing for a dec­ade; though she has only been per­form­ing on from the age of fif­teen. She got into Hip-Hop music at four­teen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the out­let that Hip-Hop music offered her.

About Lana Bell

Lana Bell
Lana Bell, is an eighteen year old Londoner who is based in Bristol. She is an emerging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Editor for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writing for a decade; though she has only been performing on from the age of fifteen. She got into Hip-Hop music at fourteen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the outlet that Hip-Hop music offered her.

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