Lauren H. White is an author and advocate for mental healing. She received her B.A. in English and Master of Arts in Teaching from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, GA.

Wife, mother, bipolar and trauma survivor, Lauren has begun to venture beyond collegiate publication and will be featured in an upcoming poetry anthology. 

She exposes the roots of grief and growth, the moment anguish deepens hope. You can find most of her recent work on Instagram, though she wants to make more of a home for it here.

 

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Litany for Our Daughters

ALL:

Baby girl, don’t sleep now.
Keep them eyes awake.
Keep your ears a-listening,
Loud enough to break.
Now’s no time for tremble-hiding.
You got war and time for crying.
Dream the Dream and keep on flying:
‘Til you feel Earth quake.

 

MOTHER I:

Open alabaster eyes
And see your mama drain,
Breathing death daily, dye in her lungs.
We’ve swallowed pills,
Offered our arms to injections,
And still the mind shatters, joints swollen, skin flakes.
Our children, if born, wail without nursing,
For our breasts can’t sustain with the drugs in our veins.

 

MOTHER II:

Open curled ebony ears
And hear your mama’s pain,
Bleeding death daily, hounded and hung.
We’ve swallowed kills,
Offered our thighs to subjections,
And still the welts fester, fears hinder, skin bakes.
Our children, if born, die without justice,
For our love can’t protect from the wolves at the reins.

 

ALL:

When you’re grown, you’ll realize

Grief will flow like water.
When you’re grown, you’ll realize
Tears have known you, daughter.

 

MOTHER I:

Sometimes a trickle, thin sliver of rain.
Sometimes a breaker slams knees to grit’s grain.

 

MOTHER II:

Sometimes a drink in the stars shows the way.
Sometimes a hurricane flattens the hay.

 

ALL:

So baby girl, don’t quit now.
Keep them eyes awake.
Keep your ears a-listening,
Soft enough to break.
Now’s no time to be caught sleeping.
You got peace and time for weeping.
Keep on praying long as reaping
‘Til the Heavens shake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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