Softer Than a bed After a walk on a summer’s day Cooler than your water ice More on point Than faucet water out of a super soaker Straight to the heart with a smile A radiant joy That makes you sit down and stay a while To shoot the breeze And whisper down the lane That change is coming What’s coming is change Rest is on its way And I heard It knows every Black Girl’s name It say change yo’ fit Take off your labor Your facade of hardness Try softness on for size Find you might like it And those that truly love you Will love to see you in it
Lee Scottlorde is a Poet, Health Justice Advocate, member of Get Healthy Philly’s Health Justice Leadership team, and Engagement Ambassador for Girltrek, the nation’s largest public health organization for Black Women and Girls. Lee is also the owner of Thriving Forward LLC – a wellness company that aims to lessen the impact of systemic oppression in the lives of womxn of color by providing wellness tools and safe spaces to unpack, heal, and grow. Lee can be found on Instagram at @reclaimingourbreath and @raisingblackness.
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