WOMAN

This is another poem written during The Power of Language workshop lead by Kayo Chingonyi, as part of the Acts of Rebellion event at October Gallery. And inspired by the image of Brittany Newsome, who climbed up a flagpole in South Carolina and pulled down the Confederate Flag, as she was being arrested.


Woman so brave
brings down the confederate flag
Woman so brave.
Like the carved statue
on the prow of a ship,
breast exposed
to the storm and the stones
That the centuries have seen
poured
over your blood and your race.
As white officers,
agents of hate
come punctual to your arrest
you remain entirely yourself
acrobat of the skies
free bird that
was dreamt by the slaves


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