To my wife and the wonderful women in my life who have been friends, mentors, colleagues, pastors, and teachers.
I See You
That is where I must start.
Too often you are overlooked, ignored, taken for granted, passed over,
unheard, unseen, discounted, and dismissed.
Too often you are defined not by your being,
but by your physicality, surface traits, and usability.
Too often you are treated as property,
as secondary to, as an adjunct, as second class citizens, as a receptacle.
I see you.
A glorious bearer of the divine image.
Not only worthy of love but worthy of respect.
I see the pain repeatedly inflicted upon you.
I see the small traumas that groom you for big traumas.
I see the normalization of disrespect.
I see the efforts to extinguish the divine light within you.
I see you shine
brighter than the lies of those who fear your light
and blame you for the darkness in others.
I see you rise
again and again and again.
I see your strength and courage.
Your anger and rage
I see you
I hear you
I believe you