Black Sisters, stand tall
Black sisters, don't ever let them make you fall
Black sisters, you are the strongest of them all
Through the years of torment, through the years of stress
Black sisters, everyone knows you are the best
You've brought me into this world as my mother, and cared for me as
You've been the father I have never known, and the wonderful
thing, is that you did it all alone
Never did you need a helping hand because you knew you could do it,
all including the role of the absent man
You are a brave and powerful woman others aspire to be, and the
wonderful thing is that the beauty and strength you contain
also resides in me
Black Sisters I must applaud for you have endured it all.
The whippings, the beatings, the rapings - your babies
snatched from your nursing breasts to be auctioned off - how
inhumane. Never could we forget your long voyage abroad -
yes my Black Sisters - you've endured it all.
As though it was an unmentionable shame, your seeds of life have
brought this country fame. Never be ashamed or disgraced,
never let them change your face, for you
are beautiful, intelligent and wise
and are most deserving to be recognized!
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.