on that which motivates me


i am motivated every day

by

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

disrupting,

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,

period.

black hips MOVING, black hands holding, on,

black folks holding

black dreams, holding,

pushing,

the smell of butter in the morning, the spice of dem

ancestral

seasoning

skills,

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

breakthrough.

the fact that sugar exists

to remind us just how sweet molasses, is.

and you know

this is

the truth.

i am motivated daily by none other than you.

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