Poetic Thoughts: Where Should All of This Giving Go?

 Art by Kiyomi Taylor

Art by Kiyomi Taylor


They say, to be a woman, you must give.

But who will I give to if I have not yet learned
to give to myself?

If my spine aches For everyone, From lifting
Their spirits High?

If the word “woman” means depletion of self,
then I wouldn’t choose that, or you, over my health. 

health, poetic thoughtsAkili King