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When I was young, I did not know the roles I learned and thought my own need never have been played at all. I did not know that there were tribes like the Zulus who assured their daughters: you are unique and beautiful so each walked tall; each was spared From ever sitting in the cinders, diminshed by a sister's grace or shadowed by her radiant face. I tell myself, go back, go back and face the same old vista, track yet play a new role in a way I never dreamed that I might play: bold, brave, unshakably aware, invincible, bright, light as air and like none other anywhere.

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