Imitating Art

We never knew that power
should have been a normal
piece of our repertoire until
we read words from Audre
Lorde, Lucille Clifton, bell
hooks.

Never realised until Ani
that anger was permitted.
Alix and Eve taught us
to take back cunt, to toss
off shame, slide into life
next to our sisters and
stand up for our daughters.

When Ntozake Shange
danced across the stage
we remembered how
luminescent black could be.

Feminism, redefined. Life
trying to imitate its self-
created art, circling back
and discovering how the
meek turn mighty once
you teach them how to
maneuver the mic.

4/19/05

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