(S)heroes Pose

She stands, seated on her feet

Many mistake her posture for weakness

She is not begging

No, she is not asking for your forgiveness or for your praise

She stays seated on the ground

Rooted in her strength and power

You mistake her bowed head as a sign of shame

Not knowing that she is praying for the healing of not only herself

But also that of you

Her words echo in the silence, even though her lips do not move

Those words of courage and wisdom emanate from her

Somewhere deep within


Her hair spirals of cotton or maybe of wool

A bold reminder of where her people have come from

And of where they have gone


She stands, seated on her feet

With a power nothing can defeat