Black Butterfly

I talked about the significance and the symbolism of the butterfly to the transgender community in a previous post.

As I compiled it I immediately thought about one of my favorite songs by Deniece Williams called ‘Black Butterfly’..

When I reread the lyrics to it and listened to Deniece sing it again, I realized that the song perfectly encapsulates the melding of pride for our heritage as Black trans people and pride in being trans people.

It’s something we need to think about as we 21st century transpeople of African descent are trying to build lasting community along with TPOCC, the Trans People of Color Coalition and countless others.

Frankly, I could see this becoming an unofficial inspirational theme song for our African descended trans community (with Deniece Williams’ permission of course). 

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Morning light, silken dreams take flight

As the darkness gives way to the dawn

You’ve survived, now your moment has arrived

Now your dream has finally been born

Black butterfly, sail across the waters

Tell your sons and daughters what the struggle brings

Black butterfly, set the skies on fire

Rise up even higher so the ageless winds of time can catch your wings

While you slept the promise was unkept

But your faith was as sure as the stars

Now you’re free and the world has come to see

Just how proud and beautiful you are

Black butterfly, sail across the waters

Tell your sons and daughters what the struggle brings

Black butterfly, set the skies on fire

Rise up even higher so the wind can catch your wings

Let the current lift your heart and send it soaring

Write your timeless message clear across the skies

So that all of us can read it and remember when we heed it

That a dream conceived in truth can never die, butterfly

‘Cause now you’re free and the world has come to see

Just how proud and beautiful you are

Black butterfly, sail across the waters

Tell your sons and your daughters what the struggle brings

Black butterfly, set the skies, set them on fire

Rise up even higher so the ageless winds of time can catch your wings

Fly butterfly, yeah, yeah

Fly Black butterflies.  Spread your wings with pride, dream big dreams, show the world how beautiful you are and then take flight.  Never let the world forget how beautiful and talented you are either.  

Something else we should never forget is our transsisters who only had a short time to spread their wings and fly as the people they were born to be before those lives were tragically cut short.

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