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First Line: We were born in a poor time
Alternate Author Name(s): Adisa-warrior, Gamba
Subject(s): African Americans - Women

We were born in a poor time
never touching
each other's hunger
sharing our crusts
in fear
the bread became enemy.

Now we raise our children
to respect themselves
as well as each other.

Now you have made loneliness
holy and useful
and no longer needed
your light shines very brightly
but I want you
to know
your darkness also
and beyond fear.

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