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My Braids
by Lola Peters
     (based on George Jennings painting)

These are the links of generations
Great Grandmother's warmth passed to Grandmother
Grandmother's touch on mother
Mother's hands on daughter

Each plait weaves a lesson for survival
Into our childhood sense-memory
Tugging past the kitchen knot
Beneath the roots of our consciousness

Hanging rope-like down our backs
Through age after age
Holding us firm
As we climb down into the future.

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