Thank You

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Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Asha Bandele, Tanarive Due, Iyanla Vanzant, Octavia Butler

Inside the books
on my crowded shelves
lives God

written by women
who channeled
their gifts and birthed worlds
I’ve had the pleasure to travel

that have stripped me
down to nakedness
and frantically I’ve searched
my flesh for answers

stripped my mind
until I’ve spoken words
that honored my knowing.

who have challenged
me to pry
open my mouth
and speak my sounds
into existence

who have inspired me
clamor under rain
and dance self-worth

whose words have sat me down
and feed me
life’s cruel beauties
sometimes their words
felt crammed down my throat

-Kiana Davis

This poem was excerpted from Kiana Davis' book of poetry, Digging For Roots. It can be purchased here.