Habit of Surviving

The black woman feels

feels deeply

pretends she doesn’t care

about what people say

about society, perception of her

about black men

who enslave her with his love

weightless words

unfulfilled promises

Black woman feels

feel deeply

keep a tight lid on pain

it’s her secret

no body;s business

she knows

no one cares

they see her as a work horse

made for heavy loads

she doesn’t feel

she acts the fool for them.

Black woman feels

feels deeply

desires love

tenderness

kindness

hard to find

even from those she trusts

she hopes for tomorrow

that offers little.

She raises her head

proud and tall

like only a black woman can

even though betrayed by her heart

whose blinding honesty

allowed her to fall

into the trap of coated arms

sticky arms

choke the life spirit out of her

then moves on merrily

watch her struggle for balance

hoping she learned her lesson.

The black woman feels

feels deeply

aware she stands on the last rung

on the totem pole

social

political

economical

theoretical

Black woman’s life is tough

but she has chiseled

the habit of surviving

into a fine art.

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About Writing for Fun

Writer, mother, counsellor, teacher, mediator, connector. Loves to write for fun. As thoughts come I record Follow @GOEYMAGE !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');
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