Pushing through the cracks Not aware of my upcoming challenges, But in my heart, I knew I was so talented The overwhelming fear made me step back. I’m not like the others In a field or in a garden I’m look over so often. Above me is the beautiful blue sky Below me is stillness God is my only witness. On this journey I’m going to embark Growing was my only start. My roots didn’t give me much nourishment So, I’m always searching for reassurance. The elements from the earth is all I need With courage, faith, and determination, I will inspire an entire nation To look beyond our backgrounds To reach for the Sun Believing you can be number one. My steams began to grow My reflection started to show Rising out of my element This is my true development. N.Mariah N.Mariah is an African American goddess that loves, loves. Her built up silence over the years is finally set to be released. From her short stories to her poems, she’s ready to tell her story. In hopes to inspire and educate black and brown girls and women everywhere.