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      Our Heritage - Audre Lorde

      In her own words, Audre Lorde was a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.”

      Who Said It Was Simple

      There are so many roots to the tree of anger
      that sometimes the branches shatter
      before they bear.

      Sitting in Nedicks
      the women rally before they march
      discussing the problematic girls
      they hire to make them free.
      An almost white counterman passes
      a waiting brother to serve them first
      and the ladies neither notice nor reject
      the slighter pleasures of their slavery.
      But I who am bound by my mirror
      as well as my bed
      see causes in colour
      as well as sex
      and sit here wondering
      which me will survive
      all these liberations.

      This poem was published in 1973 in Lorde’s book “From a Land Where Other People Live”

      Nedicks was an American chain of fast-food restaurants

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