Black Women : Sonia Sanchez

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    under a soprano sky


    1.

    once i lived on pillars in a green house
    boarded by lilacs that rocked voices into weeds.
    i bled an owl's blood
    shredding the grass until i
    rocked in a choir of worms.
    obscene with hands, i wooed the world
    with thumbs
    while yo-yos hummed.
    was it an unborn lacquer i peeled?
    the woods, tall as waves, sang in mixed
    tongues that loosened the scalp
    and my bones wrapped in white dust
    returned to echo in my thighs.

    i hear a pulse wandering somewhere
    on vague embankments.
    O are my hands breathing? I cannot smell the nerves.
    i saw the sun
    ripening green stones for fields.
    O have my eyes run down? i cannot taste my birth.

    2.

    now as i move, mouth quivering with silks
    my skin runs soft with eyes.
    descending into my legs, i follow obscure birds
    purchasing orthopedic wings.
    the air is late this summer.

    i peel the spine and flood
    the earth with adolescence.
    O who will pump these breasts? I cannot waltz my tongue.

    under a soprano sky, a woman sings,
    lovely as chandeliers

    - Sonia Sanchez
     
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