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Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away. ~Audre Lorde


  1. "Not only is your story worth telling, but it can be told in words so painstakingly eloquent that it becomes a song."~ Gloria Naylor

  2. "I'm just a loud-mouthed middle-aged colored lady with a fused spine and three feet of intestines missing and a lot of people think I'm crazy. Maybe you do too, but I never stop to wonder why I'm not like other people. The mystery to me is why more people aren't like me."~Florynce Kennedy

  3. "When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." ~Audre Lorde

  4. "To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they're blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too." ~Victoria Moran

  5. When somebody says to me, which they do like, every five years, 'How does it feel to be over the hill?'My response is,'I'm just heading up the mountain.' "~ Joan Baez

    1. OMG I can't imagine someone saying that to me. The "me" in my avatar is how I view myself. Are you on FB, LaTonya? I'm always going up the mountain to find more.

  6. “I want to be someone making music/with my coming.”

    ― Naomi Shihab Nye, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls

  7. "the lost women

    I need to know their names
    those women I would have walked with,
    jauntily the way men go in groups
    swinging their arms, and the ones
    those sweating women whom I would have joined
    After a hard game to chew the fat
    what would we have called each other laughing
    joking into our beer? where are my gangs,
    my teams, my mislaid sisters?
    all the women who could have known me,
    where in the world are their names?"

    ~Lucille Clifton

  8. Poem for Maya

    Dipping our bread in oil tins
    we talked of morning peeling
    open our rooms to a moment
    of almonds, olives and wind
    when we did not yet know what we were.
    The days in Mallorca were alike:
    footprints down goat-paths
    from the beds we had left,
    at night the stars locked to darkness.
    At that time we were learning
    to dance, take our clothes
    in our fingers and open
    ourselves to their hands.
    The veranera was with us.
    For a month the almond trees bloomed,
    their droppings the delicate silks
    we removed when each time a touch
    took us closer to the window where
    we whispered yes, there on the intricate
    balconies of breath, overlooking
    the rest of our lives.

    ~Carolyn Forche

  9. "You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now."
    ~Joan Baez

  10. “The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings." ~Audre Lorde

  11. "[F]riends have been so important to my growth and survival.
    ~Thulani Davis"

  12. Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom. ~Alice Walker

  13. Started reading Audre Lord ... oh in the mid 70s? La Tonya my sister - your blog is spectacular.


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