For Cecilia Streett Waters, Mary D. Randolph, me, you, your mama, and your cousins too
Waiting for States to ratify any decision that would
even the playing field
Is like waiting for a snapping turtle to let go of its dinner.
There is too much money to be made in apartheid, segregation, isms, and inequity.
Corruption is profitable.
People in power will kill before letting it go.
People who have never needed a
separate Amendment to be included in the Constitution
always hoard rights when others
begin to move about the country as freely as they do.
They argue that we who are beneath the boot stop wriggling
Stop biting at the ankles
Stop begging for breath.
They assume lesser evil of inaction is eventual action, but
both options are two roads that diverge in a yellow wood – both worn really about the same.
And we writhe beneath the weight of waiting.
In this swath of stolen land, we fight for the right to exist as entire humans.
100 years ago, we had to fight
to protect the right to decide who leads us.
Today we fight
for our very bodies.
Women have always fought in wars defending their tribes and themselves. The tapestry of American womanhood is garrisoned by women ancestors who took what was due them. By usurpers.
We summon the energies of all of the women who inhabit the women of the USA.
We call them up from the soil.
Buffalo Calf Road Woman
We call them out of the waters.
We call them down from the sky.
Help us avenge us for the sake of our daughters and our daughters’ daughters.