History and media
says it knows me.
But how can they
know when they’ve
never walked
in my Jordans.

I am not
barrel-bottom tar,
I am black gold.

I am not
just black hoodies,
I am also treasure.

I am not
your indentured servant
or slave or breeding hoe.
I am from the land
of the Nile, whose
energy and fertility
still flows within me.

History and media
thinks it knows who I am.
They hold perceptions
and facts as mirrors
to show me but they’ve
yet to notice that its reflective
surface is cracking.

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Lidy Wilks

Lidy Wilks is the author of the poetry chapbook "Can You Catch My Flow?" Another chapbook and a full length poetry collection is in the works. Poetry is not the only genre she writes in, currently she writing a contemporary romance and a young adult supernatural novel. She's a member of Write by the Rails. And lives in Virginia with her husband and two children When Lidy Wilks is not writing, she refills her creative well and binges on the storytelling of anime. Books, manga and Asian dramas. And relaxes by listening to good music. Eating milk chocolate candies. And or with a glass of Cabernet or Riesling wine. You can visit her at:

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