The Oppressed Write Back — By Lana Bell

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Lyr­ics

Heart tis­sue cry­ing to sound of its beat
Begin­ning enters with a bass
Slam my heart like a door to your bed­room
Its over, I still love you
I’ve just for­got­ten how it feels
to lay on the tracks of your ribs

But that’s the past
even though it’s thump­ing rhythms inside
It’s the past
breathe in deep to the beat of a new sun­rise

some people strum your heartstrings
other’s snap em’
but all that hurt you
can be tuned into pas­sion
I’m chas­ing my spin­al chord in spir­als
stim­u­late your son­ic heart­beat for sur­viv­al
because these waves of phase and days of pain are tid­al

but there’s so much beau­ty
in how we all relate
with music and beats
and feel­ings that speak on the street

hold­ing the end straps of my ruck­sack
head­phones plugged into heart­beat

Music is the beat of the oppressed
refuse to be sup­pressed, stressed, depressed, repressed
and reduced of your muse
I’ll spit truth
even when I under­stand sad­ness more than myself
I’ll spit truth
bend­ing per­cep­tion into messes of con­nec­tion
I’ll spit truth
stream­ing rivers into cas­cades of hope
High notes

breathe — air — gasp

For another lonely strum of a string
to snap my syn­apse into cli­max as my mind lapse then
the mic snaps

the youth are bleed­ing on the wrist of the street
but the oppressed write back
and guess what
we write back with a beat!

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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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