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Women's History Month Poetry: 'Diamond' by Faraji

I am the backbone of my oppressor.

I am the rib that made him and the him that made her,

I am all of it.

I am the Susan and the bee and his Anthony

I am the movement.

Be it my breath be an act of resistance.

My stand tall an act of resilience,

My breast the milk to nourish the work of life.

I am woman. I am here.

I am crass and delightful,

brutal and honest;

I am the magic in the misery.

The claim in reclamation be I who proclaim,

"My light is a star just born bright."