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Coal (an excerpt)

Audre Lorde
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Coal (an excerpt) 

Love is a word, another kind of open.
As the diamond comes
into a knot of flame
I am Black
because I come from the earth's inside
take my word for jewel
in the open light.

"Coal" (excerpt) from Collected Poems by Audre Lorde. Copyright © 1968, 1970, 1973. Reprinted with the permission of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.