The Box 69: SEPIA

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Color: Sepia
January 15, 2001
Song: "I Am Here" Jill Scott

I've been here before...

I’m a Virginian
Who lives in Los Angeles.

I’m an African
Who lives in America.

I’m an Earth alien
Who lives in a universe
Not big enough for my heart.

I am a seed,
Planted to grow
And bloom
Watered by God.
My mother carried the seed
My father fertilized the seed
And a heartbeat was heard.

And on the blind side of my eye
I saw love
And it was good.

I grew into an artist
Who best understood myself
And I imposed myself on others.

I am a woman
Who kissed another
And thought it was true.

I've been here before.
My love loved me preciously
Fed my spirit and nurtured my heart.
My children dance paint and tell story
Just like their daughter will do when it is her turn.

I am a soul
Cased tightly into a body
Long mistreated…
And still I live here.

Do you understand?
And still I live here.

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