Acevedo’s words wake my inner girl,
that angry, confined, injured girl
who broke free of youth, rose up,
and found that her bruised layers
still contained satin petals
ready to bloom in a bit of sun
in every color of joy and love.
Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham
Notes: This poem flowed from my admiration for a three-minute PBS News Segment: This poet wants brown girls to know they’re worthy of being the hero (Poet: Elizabeth Acevedo) and the New York Times article: A Young Poet’s Inspiration (Poet: Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate). To all the young girls over the world finding their voices, your calls are heard by those of us whose inner girls still aspire, still remember. We women hear, admire and relate.
Thanks to Ramona who led me to Acevedo’s piece with her lovely poem, Overheard from the Kitchen Table.