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A poem about being born into our roles we play

By Imani WaltonPublished 10 months ago Updated 10 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - September 2023
Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

I am the first

First child, first grandkid, first niece

The prototype

The role model

Being crushed under the weight of responsibility.

My skin turns me into a walking movement

A library on black rights

A testing ground on what is appropriate to say.

Being a woman means my rights are treated as privileges

Means doctors can choose if they want to hear me

Means my body is meant to produce and nothing else.

It feels like my existence is an experiment

How far can we push the sad black girl?

What’s her limit?

Using me to see how to treat those after me.

Its a game that I can’t win and most definitely won’t lose.

I may cry in private but when I walk outside

Head held high

I am a role model

I am a teacher

I am a movement.

Even if I never asked to be.

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Imani Walton

I used to write all the time and someway, somehow lost my way. Here’s me finding my passion again! I hope you enjoy

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Comments (19)

  • Andrea Corwin 9 months ago


  • Catherine Nyomenda10 months ago

    Well written. Keep it up

  • Katherine D. Graham10 months ago

    well written . You have been raised on how to survive in a very strange world. Keep the strength

  • Moussa Abass10 months ago

    I love it❤

  • Irenuma Frederick10 months ago

    I love it

  • Test10 months ago

    Wow so much emotion but an incredibly strong message! Brilliantly written 🤍

  • Ruby Red10 months ago

    I am a proud, strong, independant woman!

  • Alex H Mittelman 10 months ago

    Really good! You put lots of emotion in this! Take a stand! Good work! Fantastic!

  • Joe Patterson10 months ago

    Very well written, congratulations on top story.

  • Fahhan10 months ago

    I am a woman.

  • Sugan Ya 10 months ago

    Nice written... your words carry lot ... I loved it.. congrats on the TS

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    This righ here "Its a game that I can’t win and most definitely won’t lose." Wonderful words. Congrats on the TS.

  • Hannah Moore10 months ago

    This is amazing, it captures so much - the un-asked for muti-faceted weight, the caveats of the weight, the way you carry it, because if you dont, it will crush you.

  • Donna Renee10 months ago

    Wonderfully expressed, that is a lot to carry.

  • AngelBee10 months ago

    Right! I so get this and I love it!

  • Alexander McEvoy10 months ago

    There are some things here that I can't identify with, given our different demographics. But I resonate hard with the prototype line! First son, grandson, nephew, being the test case to see what works for those who come after is a heavy load. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful, raw poem and congrats on Top Story!

  • Babs Iverson10 months ago

    Fabulous!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Profound and Accurate 🥹♥️📝💯👌Congratulations on your Top Story🎉

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