you look at us
and think we’re cool.
cool because we lean against walls,
cool because we wear hats and headwraps,
cool because we recline with ease,
cool because we touch friends tenderly,
cool because we smile our mouths wide open,
cool because we put hands on hips,
cool because we wear gold,
cool because we plait our hair,
cool because we wine our waist,
cool because we look you in the eye.
we were just leaning,
we were just covering our heads,
we were just reclining,
we were just being friends,
we were just smiling,
we were just posing,
we were just wearing jewelry,
Dear future leaders,
we just have a few short questions.
To start with an easy one,
why would we want to be led by you?
What is your purpose?
Why do you do what you do?
What makes you different?
What difference will you make?
celebrate our strengths,
recognise our contributions,
treat us as your equals?
help us take risks,
make some mistakes
learn, and try again?
support us to overcome
our own limitations
about what we can be or do…