My Eyes Were Watching Zora

A Taliswomen Short

Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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Original Artwork by the Author

My rural Texas childhood was spent almost exclusively around white people; multiculturalism for me meant The Cosby Show and a Benetton ad. That changed in college. Education, as it was meant to, cracked me open and transformed me; it thrust me into depths I’d never suspected existed.

In a Black Women’s Literature class, I discovered Zora Neale Hurston. Her beautiful novel Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the tale of Janie Crawford, a young Black woman in rural Florida. In its way, Janie Crawford’s life was as foreign to me as the life of Jane Austen’s Lizzie Bennett was — but while those two characters’ lives were polar opposites, each was governed by the whims of men and the patriarchy at large. That I recognized.

I was devastated to learn Zora was buried in an unmarked grave; elated that Alice Walker remedied that.

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Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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