"What's the world for you if you can't make it up the way you want."

-Jazz, Toni Morrison


Hear Her Song

Hear Her Song

It starts with barely audible whispers
soft braveries antidoting lifelong trepidations
as the words form
and feelings coalesce
palliated by those brothers and sisters
who know well of her trauma
helped along by their resonating voices

Hear her song
it turns into a cloak of clarity
and like weaving together a constellation of stars
brings heaven to earth
to light her way
her plaintive cries transformed
led by those beacons of wisdom

What would she do without them
without these kind-hearted guides
their chorus of love
sung by those who have walked in her shoes
creating a clarion call
to be her best
and speak her truth.


Judith Ellen Sanders is a full-time writer and painter with a graduate degree in science based in the Boston area. Her poetry has been published in the New York Times, by the Origami Poems Project, and most recently in PCC Inscape Magazine. Instagram: @judithellensanders

Cover photo by DESIGNECOLOGIST on Unsplash

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