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Strong Women

Kristle Hodges, 2010

         And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water…
         -Psalms 1:3


Likened to
a strong tree,
grown by the river
to bless the land
and cool the souls
of black folk—

Real black women
lean.

In an ongoing
struggle to keep
herself from falling
into clear water—
turned filthy by
the grim of earth.

She tilts a hip
to raise her people
onto solid ground
all while stretching—
to take the sun
on her back.
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