"A Litany for Survival" from The Black Unicorn: Poems (Audre Lorde)

"when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid So it is better to speak"

"when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak"

U.S.A. / 1995

Good morning! Sawubona! Bom dia! Happy Sunday folks! Sorry for my inexplicable absence. My students put on a poetry slam and I was helping out with that. I also kind of, sort of finished my manuscript(!) Anyway, I saw this quote in a Facebook group I'm in. It really resonated with me. I'm not sure how many other women can relate, but growing up as a girl - especially a black girl - silence and invisibility were often encouraged. Like so many other growing girls, I was expected to literally nip it in the bud, to never really blossom or flourish. "Be quiet." "Speak when spoken to." "Mind your business." "Who asked you?" "Don't talk back." "Quiet down." Sigh, so many things to unlearn! I am grateful that Audre Lorde gives girls such a beautiful reminder to unlearn silence in the face of fear.

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