Thank you

Thank you

Inside the books
on my crowded shelves
lives God

written by women
who channeled
their gifts and birthed worlds
I’ve had the pleasure to travel

that have stripped me
down to nakedness
and frantically I’ve searched
my flesh for answers

stripped my mind
until I’ve spoken words
that honored my knowing.

women who have challenged me
to pry open my mouth
and speak my sounds
into existence
women who have inspired me
to clamor under rain
and dance self-worth

whose wisdom have sat me down
and feed me
life’s cruel beauties
sometimes their words
felt crammed down my throat
but I managed to swallow them.

I have glimpsed
genius so pure
in all of you
and each story
has given me the courage
to honor my filled cup.
© Kiana Davis 2013

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Published by Poet Kiana Davis

Kiana Davis was born and raised in Richmond, California. She began writing poetry at the age of 12 to grapple with growing up in a low income community and to help her develop her identity as a young black girl in America. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an educator teaching at-risk youth in Washington State.

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