Butterfly Rising, Poetry by Sonya Braxton

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“Butterfly Rising” is a poem honoring the strength of Native women, and Sonya Braxton’s Native American Indian Ancestry. Sonya Braxton is a  Native woman of Tuscarora, Eastern Blackfoot Saponi, and Cherokee heritage, a researcher, poet and a conscious advocate for the rights of Indigenous people’s, as well as people of color in America. Sonya Braxton has been devoting her work to assist in the improvement of the lives of American Indians & Mixed Black American Indians in America, including Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.

“Butterfly Rising” Poetry by Sonya Braxton

Like the sun, rising in the sky
Like the wind, passing you by
Like the dew, after the rain
With fire in me, I rise from the pain
Like the breath you take, so free
Like the love that created me
Like the calm, after a stormy rain
I don’t break, I bend from the pain
Like butterfly, so free
You can catch, but you can’t contain me
Like Tobacco smoke, from the fire
I get back up, and rise even higher
If not for Woman, you would not be
So respect Mother Ground, and you best respect me
So much power, in my heart
It runs so deep
Only Creator can truly see
Like Butterfly, I am free

“Butterfly Rising” Poetry by Sonya Braxton ©2014, a  Native woman of Tuscarora, Eastern Blackfoot Saponi, and Cherokee heritage, a researcher, poet and a conscious advocate for the rights of Indigenous people’s, as well as people of color in America. Sonya Braxton has been devoting her work to assist in the improvement of the lives of American Indians & Mixed Black American Indians in America, this also includes Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.

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