how can we find power amidst enforced oppression?
we can grow between the cracks,
force things apart with our growing.
grow wide and tall, cracking apart
that which binds, blinds, brings us to our knees.
our expanse will stop them.
hatred cannot stand before our twisting, growing roots
sinuous and deep, love-strong, defiant, and true.
go forth and grow.
they cannot comprehend our joy.
-Charla M. DelaCuadra