This is a poem created by myself (Kierra), Bernice, and Olivia. Our inspiration came from the theme of the Humanities course, the body with a focused point on women of color. Our bodies are especially connected to us in both the past, present, and future.
Our bodies are us,
Formed by our souls, minds, beings,
Society hinders individuality
Groups us together,
Telling women to be quiet, be small, be complacent.
They shame vulnerability and tell us not to feel.
Women of color face an intersection of oppressions
We suffer as they tell us we aren’t wanted,
They tell us to be strong instead of showing our pain.
Our heads held low
Our ancestors have fought this same battle
It lives in our DNA and is a heavy burden on our shoulders.
We must remember that we do not fight this alone,
Power exists within solidarity,
Stories to be told, experiences to be shared,
Love to be found, growth to occur
Oppressions to dismantle.
“AND I DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT
IT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU GET
STOP INDIRECTING MY GRINDING” – Beyonce, “Sorry”
We prevail and rise above the constraints of society.