Next month I join Laura Shovan’s Fifth Annual February Daily Poem Project called: 10 found words. This is a practice poem for this time. I was given Janet Mock’s Empowering Speech on Trans Women of Color and Sex Workers. I used Mock’s words to create a poem:

I was raised to be confrontational
In my commitment to this work.
I found myself going deeper into poverty.
I tell no one about this.
I hold these harsh truths close,
but things must change, and so,
I stand here today
showing that my liberation is directly linked
to the separation of the way I was raised.
I must instead be someone who has written herself
a new story
I must be willing to fly under the radar on some days.
I must be willing to hold back my confrontation occasionally,
so that I can hear other’s words
and know their lives.
This will help me move forward in peace
and action.

©Kimberley Moran, 2017