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Trauma, Resilience, Triumph

by Isaiah Johnson


Poetry – Second Place, 2020 VSU Black History Month Literary Arts Contest

Black History, Black Mental Health: Trauma. Resilience. Triumph.




The young black woman faces a lot of trauma Being dragged through social drama The statistics of being A single momma No one listens to our queens cry They only get temporary love often lust It breaks their hearts and makes them lose trust

Black women are fighters who display resilience Grinding to help their families it makes sense (cents) The life of an ultimate warrior Their everyday life they are not looking for a reward She is gone fight She is gone make sure it’s alright

The feeling of triumph is relief After our young black queens drown is disbelief She went to college and got her degree She can pursue and be whatever she wants to be Better and higher income so the kids can eat She can pay the light bill now the kids can see

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