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What Kind of Woman am I?
One who will not be abused or misused
By losers, boozers, or drug users
I will stand tall by my Man, hand in hand
With our dreams and plans ahead of us
Ready to board the bus and go …

I’m a woman with no back up in me
Don’t have to strap gats or splat cats
I’m on that upward groove
Steady trying to improve the world, myself, my man
Baby that’s my plan …

I’m a Woman who won’t be stepped on, slept on, or crept on
I stand erect, demand and command respect
In my manner and talk, in my swagger and walk
And even in facilities which grate my sensibilities
I utilize my abilities to create my own calm
It’s like a balm to my soul, which keeps me a whole
Woman …

You may try to discredit, dishonor and reject me
I’ve got christian brothers who try to correct me
But you can’t write a story that’s already been written
You can’t crush a heart that’s already been smitten
I am who God made me, He calls me Michelle
If you can’t seem to deal you can go straight to …
Hey now, I ain’t on that either
I’m a Woman who loves
Now can you see her?

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Alisha Ward

Alisha Michelle Ward is a trans writer at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City, Florida.