Black woman I see you with eyes filled with awe
every time I look at my reflection in the mirror.
You are filled with the wisdom of the pyramids.
The intelligence of the great African queens is within you.
Beauty that started wars.
A subtle hand raise that silenced angry throngs.
Black woman I love you with the tenderness of a fragile newborn.
Reveling in the awesome miracle that is you.
Nothing more significant than your arrival in this place.
Black woman I cherish you more than the rarest gem.
Nothing can replace you in my life.
You are my heartbeat, my next breath.
Black woman I exalt you.
Because God said you are the head and not the tail.
Above and not beneath.
Black woman I am proud to be you.
I love the skin you’re in from the lightest hue of tan
to the darkest hue of ebony.
Black woman do not shrink from your beauty.
Black woman I see you.
Black woman I love you.
Black woman I embody you.
© 22 September 15