I show up
Hips swinging
Nappy headed afro wearing
Proud to be me

I show up
Unapologetic
Dark skinned
Intelligent

I show up
Tired
Worn
And frayed

I show up
Kinder
Gentler
Warmer

All the things the world tried to beat out of me
They’re still here
They’re stronger
They’re me, because

I show up
Unapologetically me
Proud to be me
I have the audacity to be me

Not some sugar coated
Watered down
In the box
Version of me, but

The one hundred percent Lucian,
Small island
Educated
Bleeding heart

Truth speaking
This is who I am
ME.
BE YOU! You’re the only one who knows how.

Dedicated to my friends who make the magic happen