Won't you celebrate with mewhat i have shaped intoa kind of life? I had no model. Born in babylonboth nonwhite and womanwhat did i see to be except myself?i made it uphere on this bridge betweenstarshine and clay, my one hand holding tightmy other hand; come celebratewith me that everydaysomething has tried to kill meand has failed.
The lost womenI need to know their namesthose women I would have walked with, jauntily the way men go in groupsswinging their arms, and the onesthose sweating women whom I would have joinedAfter a hard game to chew the fatwhat would we have called each other laughingjoking into our beer? Where are my gangs, my teams, my mislaid sisters?all the women who could have known me, where in the world are their names?