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TITLE (EDIT)
Reconciling My Spirit
DESCRIPTION
Submitted for Dominique Morriseau's "50in50" series, with support from the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, this piece is about how I feel living in a Black body.
[235 words]
AUTHOR
Jina Kaye
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am an artist living in NYC...most of my writing is for performance/spoken word, so keep that in mind as you read my work.
[April 2009]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
JinaKaye@live.com
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Reconciling My Spirit
Jina Kaye

I am a woman.
I know I am a woman--
     from my shape to the workable parts
     to the history of women that runs
     through my veins--
I AM A WOMAN.

But for some, I am just a body--

    -A body that can be used to violate
    -A body that is used to satisfy others
    -A body that is used for protection, even
     to those who abuse me
    -A body that is seen as competition in
     order to excuse insecurities
    -A body some never want
    -A body some will always pursue
    -A body that is meant to give, and give,
     and give -- but never to receive or relax

I can no longer just be a body.

I am some body.

I am my body -- and soul -- and spirit.

For today and every day,
   I reclaim my humanity.

I am a woman.
  I am a body.
    I am valuable.
      I am worthy.

I am not the body to violate.
I am not the body to be used.
I am not the body to take abuse.
I am not the body to scapegoat on failures.
I am not the body that is never wanted.
I am not the body to covet.
I am not the body that drags on wearily
  because I don't take care of myself.

NO!

I am reconciling my spirit.
I am proclaiming to be my own person,
  living within this body, and EVERYTHING
  that goes with it.
I am going to live my best life...
One day at a time.

 

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© 2018 Jina Kaye
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
March 2018
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