"The strong black woman passed away..."
from being misinformed about her mind,
her body, and the extent of her royal capabilities.
from knees pressed too close together
because respect was never part
of the foreplay that was being shoved at her.
from loneliness in birthing rooms
and aloneness in abortion centers.
of shock in courtrooms where she sat alone,
watching her children being legally
in bathrooms with her veins busting open
with self-hatred and neglect.
in her mind, fighting life, racism,
and men, while her body
was carted away and stashed
in a human warehouse
for the spiritually mutilated..."
I know I am still here...