PAD Challenge Day 17: Not All Heroes Wear Capes

PAD Challenge Day 17: Take the phrase "Not (blank)," replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

The world may recognize and
advertise one Wonder Woman.
But I know several Wonder Women.
Wonderful, wondrous women
naturally suited in black.
Far from steel more
like black steel magnolias.
Full of poise, grace, and dignity.
Unashamed of their
blackness and femininity.
Known for sprinkling and passing
down black girl magic for me to sparkle.
Superpowers unmatched.
Known for genius intellect,
inspiration and uncommon favor
Ladies of fortitude
Knowledge of occult
Pioneers of generational healings
Unconditional love
The strongest black panthers on earth
Warriors of faith
The only Queens of Pentacles
that knew how to free us
Lead us through nonviolent resistance
in the civil rights movement.
Taught us true resilience.
Day and night,
fought Jim Crow
Countless villains of discrimination,
genocide, segregation,
disenfranchisement, injustice, 
and socioeconomic inequities.
Survived riots, bombings, massacres, 
and bloody Sundays through Saturdays.
Just so that I could
eat, sleep, think, learn, vote
wherever I wanted to go.
Dream and become
whatever I wanted to become.

Dedicated to my Sheoes:
Harriet Tubman
Phillis Wheatley
Maya Angelou
Shirley Chisholm
Angela Davis
Madam CJ Walker
Sojourner Truth
Dorothy Height
Mary McLeod Bethune
Marian Anderson
Ida B. Wells
Coretta Scott King
Fannie Lou Hamer
Ruby Bridges
Claudette Colvin
Amelia Boynton Robinson
Nina Simone
Michelle Obama
Dr. Georgiana Simpson
Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston
Dr. Patricia Bath
Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler



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