Till We Have Faces Till we have faces which others recognize, we'll struggle for the genuine compliment of competence not a measure about how we make others feel, for promotions and invitations without expectations of contributing our best, for our voices to be heard without our need to call out louder ever lounder. Till we have faces we recognize in each other, we'll struggle to accept each other whether or not we have children an education, a stable home, a successful health care plan, a clean record, a proper background, a promising future, the right husband or children or pantsuit or political platform. Till we have faces for ourselves we'll struggle to wake in the morning and sleep throughout the night. Till we have faces for ourselves we'll look in mirrors with doubtful eyes and pounding hearts. Till we have faces for ourselves we'll teach our daughters and nieces and students this similar fear. Till we have faces we must rise to see, value, and affirm our being. Our uprising starts now and continues until we all know our worth because they'll finally see our faces.