Her Force

By Kisha Patterson-Tanski

Her force stronger than

the tides of the oceans

birthed me

Baptized me in the

syncopated rhythm of

drums’ memory and

pounding waves

Its salt surge is my blood tempo

Her life-will,

greater than the sea

that carved history’s shore

Is the same torrent that

curls my hair and curves my hip

so, do you think your dis’,

or some disapproving look

is going to straighten either?

KISHA PATTERSON-TANSKI is a professionally trained architect, designer, painter, writer and mother of two young children who works creatively under the name KLyPT.