Black Poetry : Salina

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  1. alyce

    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    story-poem....dedicated to every woman who ever had a dream interrupted...



    She was quite a beauty in her day
    strong, young Black woman... athletic, too...
    track star....ran the 800,
    the 440 relay was her event ~
    she wasn't nothing nice on the high jump,
    standing broad jump, and the pole vault....
    girl looked like she was born to fly
    ....had a glide that was outa sight!

    Girl was on her way to the Olympics...ask anybody.

    She was swift, svelt, smooth....
    a long time ago...


    ...She sat at the kitchen table
    sweat from her forehead
    making her bandana damp
    around the edges

    ....how she hated the summers in the Alabama heat
    and the air conditioning needed fixing...again
    wasn't nothing but an old swamp cooler anyway

    Harvey never got around to fixing it before
    his untimely death at the machine shop...

    Tears started welling in her eyes, again
    like they always do when she remembers
    getting the call...Harvey had a heart attack
    Paramedics pronounced him DOA

    He was only 41
    strong...hard working....loving...

    She bit her lip, chapped from a perpetual thirst
    ...ain't been no kissing since he's been gone

    How had it all happened?
    She didn't think she could
    get pregnant her first time
    ....she was only 17

    Harvey had asked her parents
    for her hand...did it right;
    said he would provide for her
    the rest of his life

    Then came more babies,
    and hopes for the Olympics
    just evaporated...

    Well Harvey was true to his word
    The house is paid for
    and there's some college money
    saved up

    She makes a little change doing
    clerical work part-time at the
    paralegal place down on Center Street

    Five children later,
    on a sticky summer afternoon in Alabama,
    sweat & tears mingling in thin
    trails down her face...

    she sits and wonders what might have been.


    alyce, (c) 2001
     
  2. ShadeeLadee

    ShadeeLadee Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    please....

    just let me inside your mind for a second....

    :heart:

    SWT
     
  3. Kitana

    Kitana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I absolutely love

    the way you dedicated this to every woman who has ever had a dream interupted...not lost...

    because if we lose our dreams, we are lost, we lose hope....

    so she still has her dreams while she's sittin in the alabama heat with tears and sweat mingling together as they make their way down her beautiful face...

    K
     
  4. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    alyce,

    this is deep queen and happens so much (dreams deferred, outright cancelled) that it is ridiculous. nice work.

    blak
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    ALYCE

    ya see the real dream inside da dreamer
    and it's never lost .......:heart:
     
  6. Natasha

    Natasha Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A masterpeice !

    All I can say is ......well done
    belissimo !
    dreams interrupted ~
    ~Always dreaming ~
    Natasha
     
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    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    you speak of many, you speak for many. Thank you for this.

    BE