I give you back

While doing my homework last night I came across this emotionally awakening poem by Joy Harjo that I had to share with you all. It awoke my emotional senses and after reading Joy’s poem I feel different. I hope to one day be able to share and  show my feelings like Joy does with this poem. Enjoy.

I Give You Back
By Joy Harjo
I release you, my beautiful and terrible fear.
I release you.
You were my beloved and hated twin, but now, I don
’t know you as myself.
I release you with all the pain I would know at the death of my daughters.
You are not my blood anymore.
I give you back to the white soldiers
who burned down my home, beheaded my children,
raped and sodomized my brothers and sisters.
I give you back to those who stole the food from
our plates when we were starving.
I release you, fear, because you hold these scenes
in front of me and I was born with eyes that can never close.
I release you, fear, so you can no longer keep me naked
and frozen in the winter, or smothered under blankets in the summer.
I release you
I release you
I release you
I release you
I am not afraid to be angry.
I am not afraid to rejoice.
I am not afraid to be black
I am not afraid to be white.
I am not afraid to be hungry.
I am not afraid to be full.
I am not afraid to be hated.
I am not afraid to be loved,

to be loved, to be loved, fear.
Oh, you have choked me, but I gave you the leash.
You have gutted me but I gave you the knife.

You have devoured me, but I laid myself across the fire.
I take myself back, fear.

You are not my shadow any longer.
I won
’t hold you in my hands.
You can
’t live in my eyes, my ears, my voice my belly, or in my heart
my heart my heart my heart.
But come here, fear.

I am alive and you are so afraid of dying.



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4 Responses to “I give you back”

YUMMama says:

Oh, that is very powerful and moving right there. Love it.

Mommy Glow says:

I love love love love this poem.

Pink Lady Gumbo says:

hey! i'm new here *looking around & waving* this piece was beeeeeeeeeeeautiful! i really enjoyed reading it. thanx for sharing 😉

Mommy Glow says:

Thank you for stopping by Pink Lady Gumbo, and I hope you visit often :)
This piece is extremely powerful and I'm glad I came across it to share with my readers.

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