She Turned To Velvet

She Turned to Velvet

She screamed

To God

And the ancestors

For help

While whipped

Her voice got up

And walked around corners

Rose up to the sky

She wrote her eyes

Like a woman does during birth

And enlarged her lungs

And turned to velvet

That became

Spirituals & gospel music

And black magic

And moaning

And wailing

In church services

Praising God, loving God

Be there for me God

When the time comes

And when I’m alone

And when no one else can

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