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I Survived
by Claudette Reid

Friday, April 03, 2009
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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
I survived
I survived an at-first inseparable love affair/marriage
one relationship after another, one relationship after another, one relationship after another
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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