The Black Woman

Photo by Houcine Ncib on Unsplash

She holds her head high

Towers over

beat-downs from her men

Stands above

put-downs from the media

Lives life

against the grain

with a deck of cards stacked against her

She stands

Arms outstretched and open wide

Hands upturned, fingers splayed

the weight of her people upon her

Still she stands

Fiercely in opposition

against all injustice

Fighting valiantly for

her sons, her daughters

taking the bumps and the bruises

hailed at her by society

with tears in her eyes and a smile on her face

She stands