looking back


As I rise,
See the fall
In my stride Only grow
From the crawl In my hide.
With the teeth
Gagging back, Grimace wide
Little Bear
Bounding up,
With the whites In her eyes –
Bigger rock Up above:
“Gotta knack For the climb.”

— Jessica Mays

Commissioned by the Castle of Our Skins concert series and their 2018 program themed around black feminism and female empowerment.


Performed by the BlackBox Ensemble Leonard Bopp, Conductor

Dedicated to the memory of my grandmother.

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