“the work”

a note:

Because I am woman, because I am Black, because I am lesbian, because I am myself — a Black woman warrior poet doing my work — come to ask you, are you doing yours? —Audre Lorde,  “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action”

I have been confused by multiple claims about “doing the work.” Those making those claims seem so sure about the work. So sure that I have tended to refrain from asking what the work is. I am asking. What is the work?

What is the relation between my work and your work? What is the relation between my work and the work? What is the relation between your work and the work? What is the relation among my work, your work, and the work?

I am asking.