The Heart of a Black Woman

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The heart of a black woman
Contains multitudes
Of births, deaths, 
joy, sadness
triumphs and disappointments,
the very essence
of life itself.

The heart of a black woman
Is deep, dark & mysterious
Yet lies as an open book
To any and all 
who care and dare
to take the challenge
to navigate the many twists & turns
caverns, tunnels, blind spots,
mountainous peaks, valleys & mazes
to reach the very being that she is.

The heart of a black woman
mourns the caging of her brethren
the anesthetizing of her children
the murderous suicide of her people.

The heart of a black woman 
resents carrying 90% of the responsibility
for any & all of life’s problems
relationships, raising the kids, keeping the home
receiving most of the blame, some of the credit.

The black woman
must walk a fine line between
strength & weakness
obedience & independence
caring & indifference
speaking out & silence.

The black woman must find 
the delicate balance between 
being a daughter & being a mother
being a mother & being a wife
being sexy & being virtuous
being everything to everyone else
& just being herself …
a woman, a Queen.

In the heart of every black woman
there lies an abyss of love,
warmth, and understanding.
Take the plunge!
Dive in!
Be enveloped in her splendor!

The heart of a black woman awaits …

© Nikki B.

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