Attention Black Women…

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I know too many women aborting their purpose

broken pearls at the feet of loneliness

the dispersion of a nation

like the tiny crystals in her smile

or the gleaming sun in her eyes

now the hand me down fabric of expired womanhood

dangling over the degrees of our bedroom walls

we traded our integrity

for dried ink on top cream colored paper

the folded crease and stained remembrance

of what we used to be

before the glass ceiling defined us

the faded glory of the black family unit

before we were Diva’s

and Bosses

back in the day

when we were just content being Queens

we traded our crowns

in exchange to do bad all by ourselves

now the stress

and the guilt

of 70% of black women

whose descendants will stare down the barrel of a gun

cause she couldn’t admit

that it takes more than a black mother

to raise a black son

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