An Affirmation of My Personhood

I am irreducibly human.
I am more than the hands that produce, more than the body that functions.
I am more than the systemic constructions of my sex and race.
I am more than the atomized individual that society makes me out to be.
I am more than the voice denied, the body objectified, the soul belittled.
I am not a nameless, faceless entity who can be stripped of my personhood and agency.
I am God’s beloved creation.

[originally posted here]

I wrote this in July 2009.  I was not aware of the profundity of the poem until now.  Re-reading it, I am inspired to paste it on my wall above my workdesk.

This poem is the epitome of womanism + Christianity.  Seriously.

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