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Gripping suspense, fiery romance and delightful humor, combined with fascinating Civil War history, and a dangerous fight to save a Civil War battlefield. Hallowed Groun..  
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I Survived
by Claudette Reid
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I Survived
how do you make it in this world, I was asked
I'm a Black woman…I’ve had to survive the struggle
 
most of my life
 
…had to make something outta little bit of nothing
survived through premature birth, a changing world,
 
learning who I really was
 
in this skin
 
I survived
 
I survived peer pressure, teasing, taunting, budding bosoms,
fuller hips
 
survived along with the rest of the world through the Vietnam war, watching brothers
 
fight and die
 
for a cause not their own
 
I survived
 
I survived night scenes in different cities, red light and waistline
parties in basements, discos and cabarets
 
I survived
 
I survived sundown picnics, late nights at the waterfront, changes
In the city, the 70s, 80s, 90s and now
 
I survived the drinking, and experimental druggings that peer pressure and discovery causes
 
but
 
I survived
 
I survived an at-first inseparable love affair/marriage
 
then
 
one relationship after another, one relationship after another, one relationship after another
 
but
 
I survived
 
survived all that life has given
 
how am I making it in this world
 
I’m still a Black woman
 
still surviving
 
 

Copyright © July 2008  Claudette Reid 

 

 



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