DON’T CALL ME ONE

Call me not a Drunk For what I take are thirst quenchers They move me not I move them For the paths I walk are just unstable and undulating I stagger not. Why call me a Cheat? I’m just wiser than you Or let’s say, smarter than you are. Able...

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BLACK CHILD

O child of endless potentials farther than the horizon Let the iron-cap covering you thoughts fly away like a hopeless hawk Into the lifeless desert … It shall hover, until the earth stands still For inevitable, is your arrival Hearing your cries the forests mourn Your humiliation causes the sun...

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ROUGH DIAMOND

Charcoal! I hear them call me. But unlike the coal, I’ve got beauty within. Black, that’s just the color of my skin. Cut me first, to know the color I will bleed. I am black and am proud. I’d stand out in a crowd. Call me a walnut! Liken my...

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I FEEL NO SHAME

Why have you shut your eyes against your old culture? Does my iro and buba not do me well than your ‘mini-gown’? Why have you shut your mouth against our old food? Does my amala and ewedu not do me well than your half cooked rice? And does my pap...

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DARK GIRLS

Bureaucracy of greedy county men Slaves of power Freedom of pain Shameful dark girls Resent the power of their language Discriminate the choices of their leaders Mock the original truth of their existence Dark girls who paint their masks with light torching colors Approved by soldiers of perfection Dark girls...

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I AM ME

As the tail of my pen kisses the face of my note, Let my words be published, even in the heavens. I am who I am, no matter what you see now I am not just a star, I am the brightest one. Though for now, I daily shed salty...

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