Poem: “Strong Black Woman: Love-Hate Relationship”

Strong Black Woman.

I both loathe and love her.

On one hand, I want to debunk myths and extol the beauty of her vulnerability.

On the other, I want to summons her energy, power, strength, and virtue when I am weak and afraid.

What, then, can I say?

The real goal is balance.

BALANCE…

of masculinity and femininity.

of self-care and other-care.

of independence and interdependence.

And many more dichotomies.

Above all, I would rather others see in me the qualities indicative of a Balanced Black Woman.

(Penned July 1, 2015)
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