Black Poetry : Diary Of A Young Black Girl

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  1. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Date: The Spring of my Discontent/The year of my enlightenment

    This past winter
    I read and re-read
    The story of Helen Keller
    (She was this white girl
    who was deaf, blind and mute)
    Until her teacher
    This "Miracle Worker"
    Came and rescued her
    From out of the darkness
    And then poor Helen
    Finally learned how to speak
    The language of signs
    And to read
    The buttons of braille
    From abundant pages

    And I
    At the age of thirteen
    Wonder if a Miracle Worker
    Would ever rescue me
    From my Mama's leather belt reality
    Much less ot even find me
    In the complicated grid
    Of the projects
    And amidst the geographical
    Maps of poverty
    Where latitudes and longitudes
    Extend welfare lines
    And food stamps of hopeless-ness
    On the verge of homeless-ness
    And utter despair
    Render me disabled

    I know I'm not blind or nothing
    Like that poor white girl
    I can see the inequality clearly
    My ears are functional
    But I still can't hear
    The sounds of opportunity
    Calling me

    Still
    I'm young
    I'm black and I'm proud
    And that alone
    Entails it's own brand of
    Handicaps and heartaches
    Where a two room shack
    Houses my family made of six
    And I'm stuck somewhere
    In the miiddle of things
    And the deluxe suite
    Of my mind
    Is the only place fancy
    I've ever really been
    Except for the portable library
    That wheels itself into
    My dilapidated neighborhood
    On discontented Saturday afternoons

    Where I sit
    On crooked, wooden stools
    And re-read
    The story of the white girl
    And her deliverance

    And I learned that Miracle Workers
    Don't always find their way through
    To young black girls like me
    victimized by thier Mama's belts
    And trying to find
    Their own abundant pages]

    While still having to survive
    Living in the projects


    Hunter
    All Rights Reserved

    [From Between These Thighs]
     
  2. alyce

    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    you know

    this is one of my all-time favorites, Ms. Hunter. Thank you for allowing me another opportunity to sip from your fountain!

    Powerful images...powerful!

    thank you

    a

    :heart:
     
  3. Da Street So'ja

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    defintely with no question

    i am feeling ya
    hea

    DSSNY

    the tale of many
     
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    um um um....

    superb as only you can bring it queen.
     
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    Kitana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hunter

    this is just one more example of the awesome talent you have when you take out that notepad and pencil...

    "And the deluxe suite
    Of my mind
    Is the only place fancy
    I've ever really been"

    this says it all....

    K
     
  6. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    alyce, so'ja, j'hiah, kitana

    thank you all for the read...and for allowing me to share the pages of my diary with you

    *pages*
     
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    I thought this was excellent. Post some more real soon.
     
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    Breathtaking.
     
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    This took me where poets dare to go;
    where fear and discontentment go to die.
     
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