Proud to feature guest Beonca Louis’ powerful poetry
from Heartstrings: A Woman’s Writing Workshop hosted by
Auburn Public Theater

Battered & Abused

Yet you still chose to Rise

A man you thought you knew wore an ugly disguise

Teeth kicked out your mouth what an ugly demise

Battered & Abused

Yet you still chose to Rise

Through the ashes and the pain

You changed

Filled with Rage

Of a Woman

Trying to protect her Kin

His Sin

Was Unacceptable

and your Grace so Impeccable

Battered & Abused

Yet you still chose to Rise

You left the Mundane

Switched up the game

and Survived

Brought your 6 kids to New York City

I can still smell the scent of that project building

This may seem like little progress to some

But to us Moraima

You won

Battered & Abused

Yet you still chose to Rise

All the tears that you cried turned to wisdom inside

and the lessons that you left us with fill us with Pride

And the house you left in Puerto Rico now to us is a shrine

Battered & Abused

Yet you still chose to Rise

Thank you Abuela

For being all you can BE

Survivor, Warrior, Divine Queen

Now you rest in peace watching over me

I’m Blessed

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