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Life is like a beautiful melody...

...Only the lyrics are messed up

24.southern expat. dreamer. african centered. activist. womanist. big hearted. kinky-haired. music lover. gay'ish. administrative assistant. boo! yay!

"If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive."
- audre lorde

I am sick
Of having to remind you
To breathe
Before you suffocate
Your own fool self

Forget it
Stretch or drown
Evolve or die

The bridge I must be
Is the bridge to my own power
I must translate
My own fears
My own weaknesses

I must be the bridge to nowhere
But my true self
And then
I will be useful

The Bridge Poem
Donna Kate Rushin
[From This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua]

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