You can not write what it means to be a Black woman
on a chalk board
Because the colors won’t be right
The fit won’t be smooth
And you can’t feel their smiles.

This… is an ode to the Black mother
That everyone forgets to look at while
their walking down the street.
An ode to the beautiful spirit that speaks to you when everything is quiet
To the little girl who rejects society’s Eurocentric definition of beauty
To the sisters who know the effects of putting synthetic hair in a child’s hair
To the professors who see into the character of our poverty…

At the end of the day, we are all beautifully damaged portraits
That forget the vitality of experience
The strength in struggle
and the smiles that mean everything.

You can not write what it means to be a Black woman
on a chalkboard
Because the colors won’t be right
The fit won’t be smooth
And you can’t feel their smiles.

                                                                                    

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