I am…

I am from unread history books and lessons
I am from the South: slow, shallow, and content
I am from cotton

My fingers bleed from the work my ancestors did
I am from percussion and woodwinds
I am from kente and kanzu, but from relaxed hair and afro up-dos
I am from Adinkra symbols and bare toes

I am Rose and Joe
Sharecropper to doctor
Collards and fried chicken
I am the many times my ancestors heard no
I am a descendant from the many times my ancestors took yes
I am light
I am a pattern on the cloth