H O W A R D   U N I V E R S I T Y

Faces & Voices 5
An Anthology
of Verse and Prose

the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,

E. R. B

Faces & Voices 4


Renaissance of Myself
By Maya Edmondson

I have been rediscovered
Reshaped, remolded into this
Wonder you see before you.
Now, Iíve been here before in
The breath of the wind and 
The heart of this earth
Seeping, rich and divine,
Between my toes.
Iíve been here before
Seeing with eyes
Half shut to reality
Mouth gaping,
Choking on half truths
Fingers fumbling with 
Lies, dripping with the 
Saccharine of truth
And my ears,
The heard only what you told me
But you told me to turn my cheek
And the other side of the story
Was never heard.
And I smelled roses
But never was pricked by their thorns
And I died.
I died, knowing only this world.
But I am reborn 
Eyelids wet with the dew of a new life.
MY new life.
My soul is light
Because Iím living
I am 
Who I am.
And my heart is content with this.
MY reality.
My spirit is free
Flying amongst the impossible,
All that you told me was out of 
My reach.
I am 
Who I am.
So my faÁade is gone 
And Iím living,
What it really
REALLY means to be me.

© 2001 Maya Edmondson

© 2001 Howard University.
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse and Prose, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2001. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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