For the Girls

Reflective Revelations: A Poem by Deja Palmer-Reese

January 1, 2021
Thank you all for showing us love & support with our campaign on our instagram page. As we bring our #ReflectiveRevelations to a close, we offer the gift of poetry from our own Deja Palmer-Reese. Deja crafted this poem in response to what we learned & experienced during our apprenticeship. May these words inspire & carry you as you step into the new year. 

ūüß° Noire, Deja, Chalina, & Aniya


Black queens

Let’s take off and fly above the

occasion. 

Focus on the things that physically

keep us grounded, but mentally place us in a superior 

elevation. 

And find a deeper passion and love for ourselves

as a form of meditation,

to ensure unadulterated positivity like a spiritual

ventilation.

Then use that halcyon mindset to reflect on your

spiritual revelations.  

***

Understand that you are unquestionably

strong. 

Became an entrepreneur when things around you

went wrong. 

And they transfix themselves on how you

the caged bird

finds strength to still sing your song.

Because you have hope.

Heart as pure as bullion gold.

And just like our alluring melanated skin,

that hope never grows old.

***

However 

If you do find it faltering 

and it leaves your light dwindling cold,

your community is there to be a backbone

and remind you that there is no need to impose

yourself into any societal mold.

Because we believe in you.

***

Stand statuesque tall,

and wipe your eyes because we see it

in you.

Do you see it in you?

Do you see

that you flourished so much

that now work has become less stressful and more healing?

Do you see how you have found new hobbies and ways

to express who you are, 

and in yourself?

You found a deeper meaning

Of beauty

Because beauty is you,

and that is something you uncontrollably

embody. 

***

Never let them tell you

Your bamboo hoops and diamond

studded acrylics are too gaudy. 

Never let anyone

strip away the time and dedication you apply

to your wellbeing.

Never let wavering friendships make you

hide your opinions and feelings.

Never let your fear of change and what it

may hold distance you from your manifestations

and the future you’re seeing.¬†

And most important of all, and queen

listen when I say this.

Never be silenced or afraid of speaking your

truths and being your genuine self.

Because no matter what, you as a black girl,

Without fear or harm,

are able to freely express yourself.

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