Black Poetry : When Coloured Girls Read Anne Frank's Diary

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  1. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Long before
    Maya Angelou
    Told us to listen
    To the caged bird's song
    A young Jewish girl
    With dark eyes
    And thick black hair
    Who didn't belong
    In Hitler's world
    Sang in the key
    Of minor
    From her cage

    Inside
    A concealed attic
    Which was the only place
    Where her thick, black, hair
    Was allowed to grow
    Unknown
    To the genetic police
    That sought to stifle
    The growth
    Of black, hair strands
    And roots

    She sat down
    In the desperate hours
    Before her death and discovery
    And wrote down in her diary
    That despite everything:

    "I still believe that there are beautiful people in this world"

    So when
    Colored girls
    Like me
    Read
    The "Diary Of Anne Frank"
    And discover what life
    Was really like for her
    Living through World War ll
    And Hitler


    We can't help
    But to appreciate
    The beauty of our own
    Dark skin
    And the many textures
    Of our hair

    Because when you're
    The daughter of slaves,
    Like we

    Freedom

    Is a strand of hair
    That blows in the wind
    Beyond the limited borders
    Of the attic door...


    Hunter
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  2. GYPSYMAN

    GYPSYMAN Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    BRAVO !!

    Hunter - here you have crossed racial barriers and drew positivity and a vivid message from a correlation of suffering... this is a piece that shows a well rounded writer and profound insight ...
    excellent drop Hunter....excellent indeed !

    Peace

    G-MAN
     
  3. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Two hundred sets of THUMBS UP

    This Hunter is POWERFUL. This had my eyes tearing up because it is too real "...appreciate the beauty of our own dark skin" yes, yes, yes Queen tell 'em again I don't think they heard ya. I bow to you and in my mind I'm feedin' you grapes and pouring your wines mos' def. This moved me. ****, YOU are a bad, bad ,bad as in good poet.

    (got me rethinking my talent)

    blak
     
  4. GQ

    GQ Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Powerful indeed!!!!!

    A rousing 10!!!!!

    :heart:
    GQ
     
  5. poeticdelight

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    hunter

    this was deep

    keep sharing your thoughts

    pd
     
  6. Nappygrl

    Nappygrl Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I'm a keep it simple and just tell you, I really :heart: your poem! :roll: :roll:
     
  7. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    thank-you fellow poets....

    for taking the time to sit inside the attic with me and Anne Frank
    Ever since I first stumbled across her diary as an adolescent....those dark eyes have haunted me. I just couldn't understand her death. She died like so many of our ancestors died...because she was of the wrong descent.

    We live in a world where dark eyes and thick black hair is a crime
    We live in a world where the beauty of colour has become a reason to kill
    And every day...somebody takes God's gifts to 'us' and reclaims it for their own

    *amnesty*
     
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