Rigorous
Volume Four, Issue 2



Black Mother

Alora Young


Black women have
Black babies who become black women who have black babies
And they are all dying

I spend most of my time trying to reconcile
With the fact that I am no longer a black baby
I am well on my way to being a black
Mother
My great grandma was one twice over
By the time she was my age
I am afraid to watch my children suffer
How am I supposed to tell my sons
That they are wanted men
When they are infants
These false pharaohs want me to drown them
I think that they will be very likely dead by the time they get to Highschool

Black women have black babies who become
black boys who became corpses before they are Men or father's

My black daughters will be women far too soon
When they are still gentle
Men will say to them that they are
Unyielding
I pray they don't understand the words
That they never know the feeling
That they are invisible to leather hands
Like they are to the rest of the world


White men have black children
and those children only know they are bastards

I won't say it out loud but I hope that if I bear
a white man's child they will have their father's
eyes and privileges
I wonder what it means to gentrify my own womb
People tell me I am already gentrified

Black fathers have black sons and go to prison
When fathers stay we wonder if they are broken

We are all broken
On my family tree I found two slaves
One could be seen because she was freed early
One was left by name in a will
Both of these women had daughters marked in the census as mulattos
Both of these women were labeled as widows
When black mothers are raped by slave owners
They have children who could expose secrets big enough that they are gifted freedom

Black women have black babies who become black women
and black men and it does not take much black to be in danger.



Alora Young: "I am the Youth Poet Laureate of Nashville, Tennessee. I am the chief editor of my school's literary magazine and am published in the Signal Mountain Review. In my free time, I enjoy playing chess."




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