In my own little corner: No accessories


I have been trying to build up the courage to post my poetry on my blog so here is my first personal post, I hope you like it. Perhaps later I will start posting the stories behind the poem if there is enough interest. Smooches!

My race is not a purse, I can never place it down or shop for a new one.
My race is not a bag
I will never put it away, hoping it will come back into fashion
My race is not a clutch
and I refuse to lose it
…My ethnicity is not a pair of peep-toed pumps
and I will never remove it when my stroll becomes weary
My ethnicity is not mary-janes
and my blackness is not something I will break in
My ethnicity is not a fad, and there will be no questions of “what is the new black”
My culture is not a sweater and I could never hang it up with the slightest change of weather
My culture is not a pair of jeans
because year after year I will never grow out of it.
Fuck no, my culture is not a shirt. Honey, this will never fade
So open up your mind so you can see this today
Close your eyes then open them and view me as bare.
Delve beyond the fashion
No purse, no pumps, no pair of jeans.
See me as naked, see me as me.
My culture, my race, my ethnicity
But
No accessories.

 

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2 thoughts on “In my own little corner: No accessories

  1. I like it and hope you post more! In fact, I would like to feature this poem in either June or July on my Poetic License series. Once a month I post great poetry that I find across the blogosphere. If you allow me to use your poem, you will get full credit and a link back to your site.

    Three times a year I will also be combining the previous four months into one large magazine style post (you can see the first today). If you don’t mind please let me know. If you would like to see it, the first trimester was posted on January 3rd with the poems from Sept-Dec of 2010.

    Here is the link to the January Poetic License (http://morningerection.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/poetic-license-5/) if you would like to see it before you decide. Thank you for your consideration, regardless of your decision.

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