CENSORED: A Poem

Censored 

By: Zinhle Essamuah and Dania Roach 

Prepared for: Censored Women’s Film Festival 2015 

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Sung 

I cannot fly, cannot be, 

cannot sing, no I can’t 

be free. 

 

Sung 

I cannot fly, cannot be 

cannot sing, no I can’t 

be free. 

 

Sung 

I cannot fly, cannot be, 

cannot sing, no I can’t 

be free — 

 

because I’m: 

CENSORED. 

 

Stifling my voice, 

Erasing my song, 

Imprisoning my truths 

As if they were wrong. 

 

They silence out of fear, 

A desire to oppress. 

If you shoot, lie and kill, 

You might make me feel like something less 

You make me,

 

CENSORED. 

 

Sung 

I cannot fly, cannot be, 

cannot sing, no I can’t 

be free. 

 

Sung 

I cannot fly, cannot be, 

cannot sing, no I can’t 

be free — 

 

because we’re: 

CENSORED. 

 

So why do you censor me? 

You know there’s power in my words 

The fear of a woman 

Will shake the whole world — 

 

So we’ll speak louder! 

So we’ll sing higher. 

We will no longer — 

 

be: 

CENSORED. 

 

Invisibility shattered, 

At last I feel seen. 

Releasing your grip, 

My voice is now free. 

 

Sung 

I’m gonna fly, gonna be, 

Gonna sing, yes I will be free 

 

Sung 

I’m gonna fly, gonna be, 

Gonna sing, yes I will be free 

 

Sung 

I’m gonna fly, gonna be, 

Gonna sing, yes I will be free.