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Sisterhood of Sharpening: Mya Hunter

July 21, 2016

Today we bring you another story from The Sisterhood Storytelling Series. Using the tenet Sisterhood of Sharpening,  Mya Hunter shares beautiful words about the strong circle of sisters in her life.

Sisterhood of Sharpening: Presence of a woman who stood by and loved you up, correcting your messiness with grace, dealing with you in honesty, even when it required that she say the hard things, all toward your growth and well being.

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When Your Sisters Are Warrior Giants of Supreme Dopeness …

My sisters are giants, and sometimes I can’t help but feel small.
Can’t help but feel like I don’t quite measure up.


no matter how much I stretch my spine


extend each finger,

I’ll never be able to match their vastness,

their brilliance

and their dopeness.

And, I can’t help but wonder if I’ll ever be nearly as vast, or brilliant or dope as they are.

Mya Hunter imgThe women I call sisters, both blood and chosen, are warrior giants of supreme dopeness. My sisters are artists, teachers, healers, priestesses, mamas and revolutionaries.
Surrounded by that much dopeness sometimes makes it hard to see my own.
I struggle to see and sit within my own brilliance for fear that it’ll seem dull and dim, next to their intensity.

I struggle to harness the power in my own voice for fear that I won’t be heard, amid the thunder of theirs.

And the worst part is that

they know it

and love me anyway.

They tell me to speak when I can’t hear my own voice. Cut me side eye when my feelings of invisibility and smallness make me reckless. Call bullshit when I say “I can’t”, or “don’t know”.

Push me to fully step into who I was always meant to be, even if I’m not sure who that person is yet.

They see the Warrior Giant of Supreme Dopeness in me, even when I don’t.

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Mya Hunter is 25 years old from Durham, NC. She is a cultural alchemist and program director at SpiritHouse Inc. If you are interested in submitting a story to our Sisterhood Storytelling series, head to our Get Involved page for more information. Also be sure to check out the rest of our series in our Gallery.

6 thoughts on “Sisterhood of Sharpening: Mya Hunter

  1. I’m so grateful to know this beautiful younger sister and to be part of her HFZ family–I look forward to many more times to share life–and food!

  2. Mya – I remember hearing your poetry – was it at In the People’s Hands at CAARE? -maybe 7? years ago and being floored by this brilliant radiant young person and her wisdom. And then I recall learning from you maybe 6 years ago at an earlier Harm Free Zone person and loving the wisdom you dropped at age 19. And so much more in the intervening years, but I still love the way you & the warrior giant of supreme dopeness that you embody shine through your humility.

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