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What If I Am A Black Woman?

I came across this poem which honours our very dear Black Women. It highlights their long-suffering and indomitable will. We’ve all been influenced by these queens: grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends, etc. Let’s celebrate our strong black women. Heaven knows they deserve it!

What If I Am A Black Woman?

Is it a disease? Well, if it is, I sure hope it’s catching

Because they need to pour it into a bottle,

label it, and sprinkle it All over the people

men and women who Ever loved or cried,

worked or died For any one of us.

So, What if I am a Black woman?

Is it a crime? Arrest me!

Because I'm strong, but I'm gentle,

I'm smart, but I'm learning,

I'm loving, but I'm hateful.

And I like to work because

I like to eat and feed and clothe

and house Me, mine

and yours and everybody's,

Like I've been doing for the past 300 years.

What if I am a Black woman?

Is it insane? Commit me!!

Because I want Happiness, not tears;

Truths not lies; Pleasure not pain;

Sunshine not rain; A man not a child!

What if I am a Black woman? Is it a sin?

Pray for me! And pray for you too,

If you don't like women of color

because we are,  Midnight Black,

Chestnut Brown, Honey Bronzed,

Chocolate Covered, Cocoa Dipped,

Big Lipped, Big Hipped, Big Breasted, and BEAUTIFUL

all at the same time!

So what if I am a Black Woman?

Does it bother you that much because

I want a man who wants me, 

Loves me and trusts me, and respects me

And gives me everything because

I give him everything back, PLUS!!

What if I am a Black woman? I've got rights,

same as you! I have worked for them,

died for them, played and laid for them,

On every plantation from Alabama to Boston and Back!

What if I am a Black woman?

I love me, and I want you to love me too,

But I am as I've always been,

Near you, close to you, beside you,

strong giving, loving,

For over 300 years, Your Black woman, Love me!

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Very nice! To me it seems like a Maya Angelou type of poem!

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Thank you, Jesus lover.

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. . . and for whoever posted it?

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thats a cool one n i feel the passion behind that poem. Thumbs up for whoever wrote it

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Seun, are you in any way refering to my poem or the general responses in the tread?

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I wonder if you guys are willing to draw a sample Kate and Godwin scene.

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Hallucination[font=Lucida Sans Unicode][/font][color=#770077][/color]

I don't know who he was

So I'm scared of his shadow

Along the lengthy lightless street

I screamed when he came closer

But he stood still behind my shadow.

I saw traces of muscular movement

Towards the lonely path I tread,

At a point I heard massive sound

In batches of muggy muscular troops

Trodden towards my lonely path

All in trance of shattered shadows,

I mellow down on my roaring race

And suddenly stood still on a spot

Then I felt a fierce grip

Of the faceless shadow firmly

On my fragile shoulder's hill

Intermittently, breathless slowly I turned

To view the huge aghast figure

Though once even prior death

But in realization I met

Not fierce figure neither any mug

Nor am I on any lightless street,

Though my rum mind set

Amidst my comic and art library.

AdeRemi AdeGbite

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This is group is fantastic. But the problem is that we are not talking poetry with poetry. Please let us try as much as possible to speak in poetic tone.

Thanks.

Aderemi Adegbite

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@All,

Hey, thanks for all the kind words. I was raised to respect women so I guess it figures. Glad it did for you all what it did for me. Do pass it on - blokes need to be told reminded!

@Obim,

Hey, sweety!

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he didnt write the poem oooo. he only posted it for all to see. make una no carry another person glory give am.

nna nawa for una. onwere ka unu si eme mgbe ufodu.

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@nutter,

Hey sweety, good job.

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Ohh shiiit.

That girl is good. 7 Years old?? Yeah, she reminds me of the younger me. lol, No seriously. lol

I like this poem, had to send the link to my friends. So what if i am a BLACK WOMAN!!??

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Update:

A recital of the poem by a (simply adorable) 7 year old future strong, black woman:

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aiight dawg, catch u later man. bye

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@all

Happy you like the poem. Let's keep celebrating our black women.

@diddy,

Off to bed, mate. Chat later.

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Ife m ne kwu maka ya bu $100 bills.

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lol, kai, ina ato m ochi, kezi nke bu nwa franklin? biko kwa, abulomu nwa franklin ooo. leekwa mu ooo.

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Nice poem ,really celebrates our mothers ,aunts grannies,and great great great female ancestors.However not applicable to the modern naija woman.Beg to differ

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@nutter,

aru di mu ooo, obulu eziokwu ka m kwuru? ona eme anyi ego ego.

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As you should be!

Cheers, mate.

Aru adiro gi!

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diddy, u r sick. lol

Im a black woman, and im proud!

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nice work man. it a real nice stuff. i like it.

and thanks for being honest. igbo boys are always honest unless it is money matter, thats when u will know say we lie pass women.

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no offence brother but did u actually write this or did you borrow it cuzz it is really nice.

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@hot angel

Ta, I thought so too.

@rhodalyn

It is not racist to appreciate and celebrate the sacrifices made by your kind.

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Why? This poem section fits it better.

It's a beautiful poem

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this Should be in the tribalism, Racism and . , . Section

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Beautiful. I like this.

Wat if im a black woman!?

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