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The body of a woman
My body, My power 
That’s what they say anyways 
Beauty like a sunflower 
No matter how much we weigh. 

Beautiful from our head to our toes 
Including our mismatched curves 
What we wear is a form of expression, a way of life, and showing growth
It does not matter what you think you deserve 

I can’t control the uncontrollable 
Like the size of my chest or the size of my figure 
Your opinions are disposable, unlovable, unknowable 
They should be reconsidered, ‘cause they just make you sound bitter.

I won’t dress to make you happy 
OR do what you want me to do 
If I don’t want to do my hair, who cares if it’s nappy! 
But I live in a society where none of these messages get through. 

The way I sit is none of your business
Whether my legs are crossed or not 
If I’m taking up space, I’m sorry but I’m not asking for your forgiveness. 
I’m not the woman of your imagination, But of course, that’s something you never thought. 

My body, My power
So I’m going to do what I want and wear what I please 
Through every day and every hour 
I am a woman, who else agrees?
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What color am I
Behind the naked eye 
We are the same 
The way we cry 
It’s still the same because life is no game. 

Whether I am red, blue or black 
I am the exact same as you 

With that being said you are the same as me 
Beneath the flesh, you are no better 
So don’t pray on my downfall, cause I’m the best I can be 
So don’t be alarmed when I have on a dark sweater. 

We are built in the same skeleton 
Our veins carry the same blood 
The color of my skin is irrelevant
Just because I’m black, I get judged.

The color of my skin holds history 
People believing it's a sin to love someone who looks like me 
Certain features, Certain triggers, Certain chemistry 
People just like me always end “in memory…”
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The love we possess
The people we grew up with 
The people you talk to happily 
The people who have loved you since birth. 

Love we grow up on 
Bonding awaiting to be learned 
The first portrait that you draw with those colorful crayons 
Unconditional love that comes unearned. 

A type of love that we possess 
A type of love that we inherit 
You will always have those people to caress 
And you don’t even have to declare it. 

The only people who will never leave your side 
The people who won’t turn their backs on you 
The grieving and pain TOGETHER when someone dies
The ones who entertain the fantasies we once knew.

The ones who have been there since the beginning of time 
Until the moment you close your colorful eyes.
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An enticing escape
Yet selfishly destructive;
A fear grips my heart
As I take the step,
Prepared to fade
Into the distance,
Into nothingness.
A deafening silence
Surrounds me,
Encasing me
In the cage
Of self-created thought.
A silent plea to stop,
To return home,
Enters through
The open window
Of my mind.
I push it away
Denying any emotion
Wishing to forget
Hoping to be forgotten.
The end I sought
Now stands facing me,
A promise of liberation
From all endured
From all to come.

A new strength
Washes over me
Pulling me back,
A forgiven soul,
A forsaken wish.
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Mama said don’t play with matches.
She told him not to touch those knives. 
So why is the world on fire, sweetie? 
Why are my ears haunted by their cries?

Can you hear my brethren screaming,
The poor children with bullet wounds? 
What happened to peace and harmony, honey? 
Who spawned Mother Earth’s doom? 

Are those dead bodies not enough? 
How many more children will it take
To break your impenetrable wall? 
When will you listen to your people’s pleas? 

Don’t you know that I lost my friends 
To those fingers that pulled the trigger? 
Don’t you know this problem 
Could not possibly get any bigger?  

So please listen to me before the next shooter snaps 
Before it’s your children’s blood that stains the concrete floor 
Don’t kill another sacrificial lamb
Just because you like your purses a tiny bit thicker. 
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