Black Woman Walking

Black Woman Walking…..

Today is the day for speaking truth,
Head up, feet planted
Saying “No” without explanation

Hairstyle just might be braids, fro, straight or
Shaved bare…blowing here or there
Still without explanation or permission

Yeah, she knows that she is too beige, brown, or black to go unnoticed
Heard someone comment on her walk, laugh, and talk
Watched her coming and going, and still confused

Why is she here, where did she come from?
A little too proud for regular entitled taste,
But pleasant enough for polite company,
… Unless it became necessary to state her case, administer some grace
Stand in the gap
Conjugate that rap—to be clear
She is a Black Woman Walking…

-Penelope

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