A Black Woman's Quest

Poem By Almedia Knight Oliver

My mind goes up... and goes down!
At times performing like a clown.
Trying to throw keep mortality from
weighing me down.
Mind is bending. I can't sleep, still
I lay me down to sleep drawing in
and breathing out breath as heart
raise Cain in my chest.
I've swallowed life in and spit it out
while sipping red wine until knocked out
Many times life leaves only lemon rinds
I grind and made lemonade instead of wine
My speech is done echoing truth…
My breath laboring through miles of smiles,
frowns, and through flaming fires
But I made it through!
'I am.' Peace and joy melt into my life.

Almedia Knight-Oliver

November 21,2013

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