artistry {napowrimo '11, #19}

for mama beah

limitless black beauty
so often shoved into
a pigeon's place
left to rot
under false representations
and sexless muumuus.

but we know better.

we understand
the luminosity
and depth
of brown.

we know the origins
of our ochre, cream and saffron highlights
and can trace the lineage
of the untamed strut
carried by heads held high.

and we know you.

we know
your envy
can maim
but it cannot kill.


  1. Anonymous21.4.11

    I think this ended solidly and beautifully. I think I have a new word I like seeing typed on screen, "muumuus." :) good writing.

  2. thanks again, tre...appreciate you reading along. :-)