I am from love and a kiss and a whisper,
I am from death and despair and disaster.
I am from pain and from blood on the floor,
I’m from not wanting to live anymore.
I am from seeing what’s best at the time,
I am from loving this family of mine.
I am from grief and from empty arms now,
I am from motherhood beaten and cowed.
I’m from a secret i didn’t keep safe,
From looking at nothing and seeing the space.
I am from sadness that will stretch through the years,
I am from womanhood brokered with tears.