Lesson or a Blessing

Seems like I’ve waited a lifetime for you,
I even thought I asked God for it too
But even He had a sense of humor, tricking me to think you were my sender
when in reality I was supposed to learn something, that’s you just don’t surrender
I was to learn I really have grown
beyond the mistakes of yesteryear and the hurt enthroned
see I knew I felt that damage was no longer there
and it took you trying to convince it was that made it clear
people are put in your life for a reason, not of their own
you, sir were there to prove to me something I’ve always know
I’m mature, I’m sexy, I’m brilliant, I belong
I’m His, I’m mine, I’m worked on, I’m strong
I’m not scared, timid, I’m not gullible or sad
I’m not that proverbial black woman bitter and mad
I’m not empty, worthless with nothing else to give
you see that one man did steal from me
but I fought to live
I climbed and I scrapped to rebuild my life
and I’ll be damned if I let you make light of my plight
what a woman has to do, you’ll never understand
she’ll become a better person but you’ll still be just a man
what made me lose respect for you wasn’t the way you left
but the way you stayed and continued your theft
your theft of my emotions, my love, my mind
my heart, my devotion, my loyalty, my time
you swooped in like a vulture picking apart its prey
but my God interrupted you sending greater my way
Therefore I remain unbothered
And instead of being depressed and always stressing
He turned even this lesson into the biggest blessing

Written by Valerie Furr-Collins
June 2, 2018

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