People need to understand...poetry is a fire element
I am trying to teach Hanah the history of music in this country
which means we have to start with slavery
with cries to God for mercy and a better place
with signal songs and the Underground Railroad
Hanah wanted to know if slaves ran away because they did something wrong
“Were they bad people? Then why were they running?”
Hanah is in the 4th grade
her school ignores Black History month,
apparently they do not find it relevant to a Christian education...
from LESSONS IN LYRICS AND LIES
there is nothing more volatile/than a Black woman who has made friends/with both her beauty and her pain/and we are lovely and suffering right now/we are lovely and suffering right now
we are lovely and suffering/RIGHT now..
.from LOVELY AND SUFFERING
I will get in trouble for this poem...
but sometimes I have to breathe just for me
sing just for me
and ignore the fire- news from all my sister-girls' battlefields
be beautiful, be intelligent just for me..
Lord, I know there is a debt to be honored
but today a butterfly trembled along the
edge of my finger
and I took a breath...
and the world did not fall down...
from "And the World Did Not Fall Down (for Kimba Rael)
YO BITCH (FOR JANESSE)