It’s In Our Blood

We put traction to the dirt
The sweat on our necks and the tears under our eyes 

are not just pleas

but fuel

No matter what you do

no matter what you hurt or take

we will always have our dedication

and in dedication there is will

You can’t kill our justness unless you literally kill us

every single one

Because it’s in our blood


Candice Shea Maxwell was born in North Carolina but has lived in West Virginia for fifteen years. She is a graduate of West Virginia State University. She co-owns a local Public Relations and Social Media consulting and solutions business in the Charleston area. In her free time, Candice writes; mostly fiction and poetry. She also enjoys photography, focusing on unique nature perspectives.
Photos by Candice Shea Maxwell