Jean Marie Hattie
The Bible tells us to be a slave to nothing
When I'm afraid, those words my grandmother told me,
The ones I pinned up on my wall
"God does not give us the spirit of fear. But of power, love and a sound mind."
When I'm in the grips of it,
seizing huddled, shallow breaths,
THOSE words often come to head.
Not a soothing chorus, as much as a biting remark.
An all out accusation.
Black girls aren't meant to be mentally ill.
"Who has time for that?" my dad once said.
long-suffering Nubian statues.
The strong and silenced type.
We repel what they call "depression" and this is no panic attack.
Because we never panic...
As the Bible tells us, "Be a slave to nothing."
And only Jesus Saves.