Paradise Regained: poetry for recovery

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I was born in paradise
Tropical paradise
From slave stock
Bred to work hard and die

 

My friends were old
Grandmothers
Great-grandmothers
Great-grandfathers

 

I used to sit with papa
While he smoked his pipe
Learn to read he said
Then no one will take advantage

 

Old ladies at a wake
Grinding coffee the old way
Never let a man take advantage
Do whatever work you find

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I grew up
Strong
Defiant
Hard working

 

Paradise seems lost,
I read better than most
I work harder than most
I am defiant

 

“HOW DARE YOU”
The world screams
Know your place
It proclaims

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How dare I be the strong woman
That I was raised to be
How dare I live alone
With no man to protect me

 

How dare I
Work so hard
Support myself
Live independently

 

Paradise seemed lost
The day her attacked her
97 and living independently
97 and still working as hard as she can

 

How dare she
Not be old and feeble
How dare she
Cook and clean and weave

 

How dare she
Live alone
With only locks to protect her
97 and strong

 

DARE! I say
Survive
Thrive
Be strong!

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