You Are My Muse

You inspire me

you are my muse

I want to see you, I want to accept you,

I want to learn from you, I want to understand.

you are my muse

I admire your strength and your resilience

I admire your voice and your fire

I want to lift you up

I want to consume your words

and make them a part of my body

so that when I look in the mirror, I can read what you have been through

I want to pour myself out onto the world with your words and your worlds

I see you tired and broken and beautiful

the world takes so much from you.

what do you need from me?


by krishna

Krishna de la Cruz is a Mexican-American lawyer and writer in Austin, Texas. She grew up on the Texas-Mexico border in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas and the Rio Grande Valley. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University and Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. While in law school, she was Executive Editor of the The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review for Race and Social Justice, where her article titled “Exploring the Conflicts within Carceral Feminism: A Call to Revocalize the Women Who Continue to Suffer” was published. The article explores the issues of violence against women of color in the prison system, in immigration detention centers, and at the hands of intimate partners, and she advocates for decriminalizing sex workers and survivors of domestic violence. Her writing is centered on her experiences and those of BIPOC women in her life. She seeks to write stories that inspire other women to write and share their own.

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