Black Girl

By RL

After Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans

 

Exquisite beyond wonder, woman
layers peeled back like sheets on a 100 degree night
heavy with discomfort and wet
from tears and my hearts breaking

How can this be?
my chest aches from
the heaviness of a paperback
my heart shattered and mended
so many times its walls are scars
of a pain so rich in grief
I could buy and sell the whole world!

Oh, but my soul…
Angry, no Furious, no-
What have we done?
What are we doing?

Our gorgeous black sisters,
our futures, our mothers,
our lovers, our friends, our
homes…

Know your story America!
learn that your liberty was
granted on the backs of whip
scarred Queens, in the
wombs of child mother,
in the DNA of
children
sold
on
BLOCKS

Are you not disgusted
at this system of
Hate, Marginalized,
Criminalized,
Ostracized,
Demonized,
but Unrealized?

Ah Her strength!
Her quiet yet
Screaming,
proud, righteous,
intelligent, deep,
loving, strong,
refusing to be chained any more
VOICE!

Scream White America
at the indignity you’ve
clothed your child in,
your bloody hemmed Liberty
with her torch so dazzling
in the eyes so blind they still
can’t see
Our Black Woman’s
Stars

And you Man- who G-d built
to cover, protect, live for, die for
this flesh of himself- Woman.
You’d turn your libido into
a tool of oppression, you’d
crush out the sacred soul,
the hope of a human you would call property,
because her skin glows like ebony fire-
SHAME man

I want to scream at every insult,
injury, injustice,
until my voice becomes
a sand blown desert
Oh and I will!
still…

My small thank you
in my small words
is just for you
BLACK GIRL

“Thank you, Jasmine”

16 Comments

  1. Lucy Elliott on November 2, 2022 at 12:42 PM

    Powerful words! Lots of passion and energy.

  2. HL on November 4, 2022 at 2:35 PM

    Hi RL! There is such irrepressible power behind your voice as a poet. Your imagery is stunningly visceral, and it paints such vivid, unforgettable mental portraits of a nation seeped in injustice and heartache while simultaneously adding glimmers of hope and beauty to the stories of those who suffer from such injustices. You call forth details of the dark, scar-covered history of America, but not purposelessly; you use such details to highlight the triumph and resilience of the human spirit. Your words are soaked in pain, in frustration and fury…but they’re also flourishing with gorgeous, lyrical praise towards the unbreakable souls of Black women. I absolutely loved reading this poem. Keep writing more like it!!

  3. Margie on November 5, 2022 at 8:30 AM

    Thank you RL for this beautiful poem. I have read it again and again. You have a powerful voice and it needs to be heard far and wide. I hope you keep writing and sharing your work.

  4. Emily on November 6, 2022 at 9:53 PM

    Hi RL! You did a very good job about black women. The education system teaches about enslavement, but as you said most people don’t fully understand the troubles people of color had. Especially women, as women weren’t cared about as a person but rather as a producer of children. Black women suffered in more ways from being raped by slave owners to the abuse they got while doing their jobs. You accumulated the voices of all black women and turned them into a work of art. This describes the generational issues of racism and inequalities against minority groups. I love the message and how you executed it. Nicely done.

  5. Ruby on November 7, 2022 at 3:57 PM

    Hi RL, this poem is so powerful. Thank you for speaking up about the things that matter. I really like how you brought up the history of black women and how they and their children are America’s beginnings. Thinking about that when looking at the treatment of black women today is so eye opening. I see you and I will fight for you!

  6. Natalia on November 13, 2022 at 11:09 PM

    I cannot closely relate to the struggles you’ve described, but as an outsider, you poetry was able to reach me and help me feel the emotion you are describing. I really enjoyed the style of writing you chose where certain words were emphasized and line length was shorter to make certain points. It makes the poem interesting to look at visually and very gripping to read. Keep writing, this piece is very good and can reach so many people!

  7. Janashya Napier on November 14, 2022 at 4:29 AM

    This poem spoke to me being able to relate to being a black girl and this poem is a very visual representation of what we go through.

  8. Oshane on November 16, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Hi RL,

    Thanks for sharing your poem with us and reminding us of the struggle of racism in America and that women of color can go about life being unappreciated and undervalued. Your writing makes a lot of reference to history which i think it is important to understand where we are from in order to know where we are going in life. To learn to love and appreciate each other.

  9. Crystal Ettridge on November 20, 2022 at 10:30 AM

    I admire that you were inspired by the book, “Black Girl,” to the degree that you transformed your thoughts on our history, the oppression of racism, and the struggle of women in to alter the course of history. Please keep writing poetry.

  10. Jaela on November 22, 2022 at 11:30 AM

    Being a young black girl this poem was very meaningful to me. Us as black women are not praised and cherished as we should be. Our time will soon come and everyone will recognize our worth!

  11. samar Fairley on November 22, 2022 at 8:05 PM

    I love this so much I wish I could’ve seen this as a young black girl for motivation when question my self. This is a strong and great poem rooted deep in truth experience and emotion

  12. Al on November 27, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    Such an inspirational message! I liked the part where the concepts came together. It really felt like I got closure from listening to your masterpiece.

  13. Pratham on November 27, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    The word choice was profound and really left an impact on me

  14. Monte Weaver on November 28, 2022 at 12:14 PM

    I really like this poem. Keep using your voice to exploit America and free our people! As a suggestion I would say use more word play, rhyme with extravagant words. It makes the reader feel the story more. What you have here is amazing black queen, keep going! I’ll be looking for more poems from you.

  15. Sebastian Delgado on November 28, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    I like how the poem has a sense of building up to this great moment of catharsis. A moment when someone can’t deal with injustice anymore, so they have to say something loud and proud. I think the poem does an excellent job of helping someone understand the author’s mindset. I also like the word play of “so rich in grief I could buy and sell the whole world.”

  16. samar on December 1, 2022 at 2:37 PM

    This spoke volumes to me as a young black woman. I hope many girls like us see this to know they have a voice and aren’t the only people experiencing these things. This was a lovely written poem

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