Black Poetry : Cleaning Out Bridgette's Closet

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  1. alyce

    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    for Arlene, Shade, Sharon & Valencia.... cuz the struggle is long but most worthy :heart: (please bear with the changing "persons")
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    cleaning out her closet isn't
    something i relish
    especially after months
    of neglect...
    didn't want to dig out
    stuff she's hung up and forgotten
    about
    stuff she's put way up on shelves
    out of our reach

    but i began, finally
    after a week of procrastination
    cuz,
    i didn't want to make it another
    useless new year's resolution
    but it was all too obvious that
    something needed to be done
    and SOON, cause we couldn't
    open or close
    the closet doors without stuff
    just
    falling out

    and, honestly,we've been afraid
    of the fall out

    our girl sharon told us
    long time ago
    the state of a person's closet
    is directly related to their
    state of mind...

    so i've been sitting on the
    floor, cross-legged, for hours
    in an attempt to
    re-organize our mind
    sifting through papers
    sorting through clothes
    placing everything in
    neat piles of
    "toss" and "save"

    it wasn't until i
    removed some old shoes
    that i re-discovered
    a piece of carpet that
    discreetly covered
    the underground
    safe
    for keeping safe
    the keepsakes
    kept under old wrappings
    and all our other closeted
    trappings

    our fingers remembered
    the combination
    and slowly tumbled
    the correct sequences
    opening
    the never-to-be-forgotten
    events of a life we
    shared in a once-in-a-lifetime
    waking dream

    the
    pictures,
    the
    poetry,


    ... an entire
    body neatly, sweetly
    lying down there

    serendipity is so
    beautiful,
    and key

    see

    i didn't want to clean her
    closet, never liked facing
    messes she's made,
    but i'm the only one
    who can go through all
    this stuff
    the only one qualified
    to decide when enough
    is enough

    but the hidden treasures
    and the meaningful
    things i've found
    beneath the chaos
    is worth the sifting
    and sorting
    for the joys
    they bring

    only my human eyes
    can truly see
    inside her closet
    to arrange our life
    for purpose and function
    to finally be acceptable
    to God

    Bridgette

    and me


    Alyce (c) 2002
     
  2. N2urSoul

    N2urSoul Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sustah A

    Superb! You always know just how to pull the reader into these poetry-stories...:) I absolutely love it.

    Beautiful sistah!

    N2
     
  3. GA_Sunshyne

    GA_Sunshyne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Alyce.


    ...you haven't allowed me to do it in a long, long,
    LONG while! but i gotta bow again... just this one
    time! :) you always know how to command our
    attention... make us think... & keep us wanting more...
    all at the same time!!

    AlwaysPeace&Love.
    SunShyne~
     
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    Danilyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Your talent never ceases to amaze me!! Excellent work!
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    Alyce

    once again u done it and makes it seem like fun
    so i'll get to cleaning up my space .......ya alwayz on key !
     
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    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    this is brilliant!!!

    i gone sound redundant here (if only to myself) but in every good poem to a letter there is always at least one or so lines that bring a piece so close together that your vibe calls 'em cousin

    "...for keeping safe the
    keepsakes kept
    under old wrappings and
    all our other closeted trappings"


    CLASSIC

    blak
     
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    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I've been sitting here watching you
    With your legs crossed
    Half-way between
    'I don't ever really want to grow up' thoughts
    And
    'When did I become somebody's Mother?' daydreams

    I've been sitting here waiting
    For the unfolded wisdom
    To make itself known to the human eye

    So that you will KNOW
    How truly gifted and talented
    And loved and special
    you are

    [this is definitely a welcome addition to the attic!!...Brilliantly scribed A...with so much honesty and humility...I absolutely loved this piece!!]

    *sit-in-closets*
     
  8. Kitana

    Kitana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    simply beautiful

    this piece about a woman/girl/child who can lay bare her soul...look at it...take it apart....put it back together...and be at peace with the end result....

    much wisdom in this piece here A....

    K
     
  9. ShadeeLadee

    ShadeeLadee Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I see you,

    too, all the different "shades" of you :heart: and you are very beautiful, and very brave, and very strong, and twice as tender. I'm learning so much from you... you know how it is...

    :heart: :heart:

    :love:

    SWT
     
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    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    closets, attics, bathrooms....... I don't care, Monica, Felicia, April... continue to stike the pulse.....



    one
     
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