Contributor, Joy Cooper
I am from God.
I am from my mother
I am from her teachings, cookings & prayers
I am from her love
Her tough love.
I am from west africa
Where the fufu stick could mean a really good meal or a punishment.
I am from my mom working hard and me seeing her accomplishment.
I am from my siblings.
I am from everyone asking my mom if my sister & i are twins.
I am from hard times.
I am from loud gospel music on Sunday mornings
I am from His grace
Through which i was made.
I am from being broken
My heart played like a token
My smile is enough so words don’t have to be spoken.
My heart is gold
& holds stories that will one day be told
I am from me.
My name is Joy Cooper. My pronouns are she, her, hers. I am a first year here at Augsburg. My major is Biology and my minor is Youth Studies. I started writing when I knew that I needed an outlet to express my emotions. I wrote this at the Oyatè Retreat in Fall 2019 while attending with the Pan-Afrikan Student Union.