The sky is the same shade of blue
The grass is the green it’s always been
The highs have made way for the low
At times I’ve had nowhere else to go
So I retreated inside
And allowed myself to grow
My wings strengthened
Increasing my resolve
And now when I lurch
Into a future unknown
I know the winds will carry me
I will not fail or fall
My skies are fetching me
I lift my arms
To go alone.
I beckoned kaleidoscope skies to shine on me
My warming skin welcomes the sun
The light is shining
I am ready.
I saw the morning sun reflected in the waves that rolled towards me.
I felt the strength of the rays as they landed on my delicate skin.
The salt exfoliated my toes and feet and legs and thighs.
I surrendered to the water’s might as it overtook my height.
I submerged and allowed the wave to wash over me.
Helpless I was at the mercy of a power greater than I.
I let go and when i resurfaced and could take another breathe,
I breathed and knew in that moment
That is all I need to do.
In those moments of pain
When the raw wounds of my heart
Gush their vivid shades of red
I hold out my hands to feel the
Warm pulsing rivers
And in doing so
I allow myself to connect
To my own bleeding precious
The brutal truth is that
I view the landscape through
When the reality is an ocean
Removed from romance
In any shape or form
‘Neither will win’, the audience says
Now that the contest starts
For black men move without their heads
And white without their hearts.
‘And if one shall advance’, they said,
‘So much as one short pace,
His fellowmen shall shun him then
A traitor to the race’.
‘You wooden men give up the game,
For what are all these squares
But black and white and black again,
The pattern of your cares?’.
The chessmen quickened into life,
For love has conquered pride,
Those that were angry face to face
Are quiet side by side.
I hid in a box
Locked myself tightly within in
I provided no view
But only the darkness inside it
I lived in the dark, I struggled to see
I looked for myself, I couldn’t find me
And then as I gave up
To surrender and die
I felt a strange object
A smooth, solid gold
I pondered, and wondered
What is this to me?
There is a purpose
I know this to be
My dreams came alive
In the blackness of night
Coldness of air have no reason
I knew right away
I knew what this was
I had found it
I had finally found me
I had found what I needed
I found my own key
Night doesn’t last forever
And with the breaking of each dawn
We are promised strength for the day
And the brightest