Our little girls were not princesses
by warriors and dreamers readying
to heal the broken peoples' hearts
hurrying to join the dancers.
Our little girls are fierce and strong
vulnerable and fragile misunderstood
teased and tormented for their difference
still proud and regal in their hearts.
Our little girls are not commodities
tokens or objects of desire.
They are our hearts and our future
our present and our now.
Our little girls will change worlds
as their mothers and grandmothers
ancestors who stood against the white tide
hiding to survive and dancing at midnight.