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From Purity to Commerce

she wore her tribal threads

draped in hand woven cloth

and hand beaded necklaces

covering

only the bare necessities

and she was

beautiful

pure

naked

and shameless

she wore nothing

and stood for everything good

in this world

and

despite her confidence

and

self-love

she was sold

making money for men

who abused and shamed her

she cooked and took care of children

for white women

who spit on

and scorned her

she held her head low

to stay in her place

she went from being shameless

to being covered up

and defamed…

her beauty

now displaced

and she

went from being  draped in humility

to using her

purity

to get generate commerce

solely

to get people to look her in the face…

but

will she ever get back

back to a place where

peace was in the purity

and the commerce

was nearly humility

happiness

and grace…