WE

PeaceWe, brown skinned, black skinned, ivory skinned women,

We, of upright posture and pearly teeth,

We, Sisters who carry the weight of the spirits…

Our children….our children, vessels of attempted destruction.

We sow, reap,

We keep quiet, speak,

We hurt, weep,

We rejoice…..heat,

We shrivel, hide, then seek.

We become ill, reflect, don’t eat.

Retreat, then heal, that what is meek.

We, brown skinned, black skinned, ivory skinned women,

Magnificent in our makeup, magnanimous in our faith.

We, sisters, who carry the weight of the spirits,

Hear the thunder and know that the rain will later come to soothe and cleanse the filth…

We love the colors of the rainbow

We cook wonderful dishes with just the right amount of spice.

Come to us when we are tired,

Rub our feet when they ache

Comfort us with a smile or a song.

Armor us with love,

Before the war begins,

Because we must win.

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About whenquiet

A child of God, opinionated, survivor, eloquent, elegant, exquisite, and humble, loving life and shining light to those who are in the shadow.
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9 Responses to WE

  1. whenquiet says:

    Thank you for reading Trinity. My aim is to include part of this poem in a staged dramatic production.

  2. Very beautiful . . . and moving. This I can say as a brown-skinned woman. This poem has such wonderful rhythm and holds many truths. I am so glad I found you!
    ps. I loved your response to my post about having a music gene. May I have your permission to show your comments on tomorrow’s blog?

  3. whenquiet says:

    the petal pusher…I would be honored for you to share my comments…thanks for your warm comments….

  4. I loved this. Beautiful words.

    “We, sisters, who carry the weight of the spirits,

    Hear the thunder and know that the rain will later come to soothe and cleanse the filth…”

    Powerful and moving.

  5. whenquiet says:

    Thank you for such touching comments. Such wonderful juice to sip after such a hectic day.

  6. Jess Witkins says:

    It’s been awhile since I’ve visited your blog, and reading this, I’ve missed you. It’s wonderful to hear you’re planning to perform this piece because as I read I thought, this MUST be spoken aloud, it’s not enough to just see the words. Your rhythm and rhyme and most importantly your message is breathtaking. I really like this beat.

  7. whenquiet says:

    Humbled, I thank you Jess.

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