With My Hands Akimbo

I stand posing

Firmly postured

Legs apart

With my hands akimbo

My fingers gripping my waist

As though I could lift myself up

High enough to see what my mother saw

to feel how her mother felt

to know what their mothers knew

Enough to make us all stand like this

With our hands akimbo

With my hands akimbo

I stand ready

to win the battles they fought

Swaying from the right to the left

right to left

right to left

Tapping my feet as a show of the end of the weight

The right they left to wait

With my hands akimbo

I wonder if what their husbands paid

was indeed the bridle price

Losing my posture to realisation

I regain control

My arms folded across my chest

resting on my breasts

I embrace myself

I will set them free

With my hands akimbo

I walk away from the strides of my ancestors

leaving the trail they set for me behind

I may see what my mother saw

I may feel how her mother felt

I may know what their mothers knew

Still with my hands akimbo

I walk away

Without hesitation or weight

Lest my hands become weary and they interprete my strain as pain

Crying as weeping

With my hands akimbo

I keep on walking

losing the grip on my waist

letting my heart guide me

Speaking up to the hearing of my sisters

Moving forward

With our hands held together

We stand, refusing to ignore the right to be left alone

Right left

Right left

Right left

We march knowing our footsteps will become trails

We go at ease, knowing our God is with us

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