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PURPLE LINEN


She stepped in with all
Needing a helping hand
Needing an ear to listen
A shoulder to cry
Not willing to go back
Ready to drop them
Ready to move on

The rags were too visible to be ignored
The baggage was too obvious not to be noticed
The dirt and sweat from her past oozed
Her feet like broken glass
Her past, not good enough
Not good enough to recall
But beyond the her we saw
Was beauty covered in filth

Never mind!
We helped her
Helped her pull theme off
Helped her drop them
Helped her trash them
The bin needed some
Some burnt and never to be seen again
She needed a change
She got it

She has put on a new look
She is radiating
She is on the royal line
She has put on apparel
She looks royal
In her purple linen
Royalty looks good on her
We helped her make it happen

Being sisterly
This is women helping women come out
Sisters helping sisters grow

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LENSES

I struggled for too long Being who I wasn’t Fitting  my circle into other people's 
perfect squares -- into all their
expectations for me Their perception was all that mattered What they will see and say Their standard for success and achievement
I showed up acting who I wasn’t Like a dancing monkey under obligations to perform magic To gain their recognition and affirmations for being who I wasn’t Against being Me
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WHO EXACTLY

Housed in a container Moved in it Identified by its aesthetics But sometimes lost in it Who exactly am I the container or the content
Sometimes I try so hard to figure exactly what it is about this combo Sometimes complicating other times compelling sometimes conflicting other times cooperating
Influenced by the countless conversations with  the inner and the  outer the seen and the unseen the known and the unknown Then I discover It goes beyond this container there is something about content
As adorned as this container maybe embellished with so much beauty the content remains the substance that give it credibility Beyond the container that interacts is the content that keeps the flow is the content that leaves  memorable impacts
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