i am motivated every day
black elder compassion
black woman strength
black people resilience, black child curiosity, black femme love, black man swagger,
black life living
black pain birthing, black love
black boi brilliance,
black tears washing, black tears
polishing, black hearts beating, black hearts drumming, black smiles
shining, black smiles signaling, black lips
learning, black lips teaching, black lips,
black hips MOVING, black hands holding, on,
black folks holding
black dreams, holding,
the smell of butter in the morning, the spice of dem
the taste of patience,
the bitter taste of patience,
the touch of tenderness,
the head nod, the humility, the dap,
the history, the melanin,
the shade, the sun, the moon, the
black. the burden, the back,
the bend, the break,
the break, the break.
I AM MOTIVATED BY THE BREAK.
I AM MOVED OVER MOUNTAINS BY THE BREAK.
I AM MADE HOLY AND HEALING AND HALLELUJAH BY THE BREAK
and the bold and the brave and the
the fact that sugar exists
to remind us just how sweet molasses, is.
and you know
i am motivated daily by none other than you.