Tag Archive: joy


My Mother, My Strength

Let’s switch this up, how about I am proud of you
You’re still standing; you’re still here after all you’ve been through

I can remember the days when you just wanted to say
“Baby I can’t take it no more I just want to fade away”

But you held on still even through those nights you couldn’t sleep
Even through the times when it was hard for you to speak

Speak through the pain that this man put you through
Speak up through the awful and inhumane  things that he would make you do

I look up to your strength; I give thanks to it all!
Without your ability to endure, how would I, as your daughter, be able to stand tall?

You taught me how to keep moving, you taught me how to hold it together
That’s a lesson learned from you that I will hold on till forever

Without you even knowing, without you having a clue
After seeing all you’ve done I have found my hero in you

Nothing can change that cause, you’ve shown me the way
That’s something I hold dear to me and give thanks for everyday

What if you never fought, what if you did back down
How would I be able to hold my head up and step high
Because of you it’s courage that I’ve found!

How could I stand up and say “Because of this strong black woman
I have found my way!”

My way into society and be a loving wife and mother too
I’m trying to let you know mom I learned all that from you

So lift up your head and take pride in who you are
In my eyes and in my heart the very being of you is much brighter
Than the brightest star!

 

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Land Of Make Beleive

How do I read when you speak of me?
Frolicking in meadows, drinking from my melodic streams?
This is how I long for you to envision me in your dreams

Thoughts and feelings hid deep in your chest
Is it so deep and repressed that I am forced to guess?

Forced to tell my heart and body these make believe stories
Making myself believe that you’ve given me all your glory
All your love and emotion you have shown thee

See,
I awaken to discover the reality
You’re unable to even write poetry
About me
To explain to me
Expressions that you can express freely

No midday thoughts
No hidden lullabies’
Just morning salutations
And nightly goodbye’s

No thoughtful gifts
Or a sporadic kiss
Or a lustful stare at my hips and lips
That could possibly send your mind on a wondrous trip

No words that rhyme
For me to read to pass away my time
Deaming me your dime
Frequently lamenting “remember that one time?”

And no photo stills to replay in your mind
To hold in your pocket, like I do mine
To show off to friends talking bout “man ain’t she fine?”

This is what I see when I discover reality
Your inability to cleave to me passionately
To love me intensely

So I close my eyes and play pretend
Pretend that I am your air and you are my wind

In this state of mind I chose to deceive
That you and I are in the land of make believe

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