I am, but a woman

In a world that doesn’t desire my existence

They preach rage, sexualisation, and resistance

Until I benefit them

I am, but a woman

Of skin tone too dark

Never can earn the honour of the nightingale

Nor the grace of the lark

Until it’s a trend

I am, but a woman

Dubbed “nappy-headed”

Until beauty means “natural”

Seems like I’m too much of that for you, until

I’m needed for a fashion show

I am, but a woman

Of “uncivilized” actions

Try to ban my voice with laws, rules and sanctions

Until my thoughts are for everyone

I am, but a woman

Not here for everyone

Until I am here for myself

Till my humanity is no longer treated like a sequel

I am here to be equal

First.