She is past, present and future –
Wild and seasoned by passionate 
realization of the gravity of her 
Own body, her race.

She is at once held by darkness of bias
and compelled by the brilliance of
her own fierce beauty and golden power.

Wisdom and vision are looking out
From behind the veil of experiences-
The world and life have etched empathy 
Into the brow, left their mark on lip lines-
No need to feign a smile- real is practical. 

By Kelly Waterbury