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Sample Poetry
by Joyce Ashuntantang
Saturday, August 22, 2009
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A sample of my poems on love and womanhood!


Poetry Equals You
By Joyce Ashuntantang
Being with you is poetry itself.
Lines sprint in laughter, song and silence
Punctuations run riot:
Commas stretch in stride
Exclamation marks abound
Stanzas embrace orality:
Tales of folks long gone
Legends of heroes around us
Myths of bodies enlaced
Riddles of our essence
Images glide in bodily spaces
Words submerge in fall colors.
Labial sounds in legato rhythms
dance and dissolve in end-rhymes.
There's no need for scansion
Love it When I be Chilling with You Like This
By Joyce Ashuntantang
I like it when I be chilling with you like this
You be looking at me; I be looking at you
We be playing silly
And all dem logic leave your brain and go to your legs
And your legs got no control.
Then I touch you all over the hilly and valley places
And you shake like a freedom train going north
Then my fingers be really wet
And I look at your face
And you be smiling like Jesus is your own born son
Then you give me the invite
And I take the plunge
After, I be tired and want to sleep, so you say "what's wrong with y'all?
Can't you'll visit Jerusalem and stay awake?"
And I tell you,
"Girl, dem miracles and wonders inside knock us out each time
No way can mortal man ever git used to that"
Then I rest me some and go visiting again!
And now you be tired like Mary don give birth to Jesus
And I be looking at you mum like you aint got speech.
Then you ask me "what you thinking about?"
When you ask, I know logic don leave your legs back to your brain
Can't tell you the truth 'cause my mind done already leave the room.
So I say "Baby, just love it when I be chilling with you like this".
Sarah Palin: A poem for women
By Joyce Ashuntantang
She can kill a moose, I can’t
She touts a gun, I hate guns
She derides abortions; I stand by them; my body is mine
She’s white and privileged
I’m black and sidelined
But I will not join the laughter
I will not cast a stone
The flower between her legs connects us
We have been stoned as heretics in Europe
We have been given up at birth in China
We were killed as witches in Salem
We were refused land in Africa
We are property in Pakistan
We have been killed for honor in Bangladesh
We have been raped and maimed the world over
And so I will not nail her
The bumps on her chest connect us
Me, Hilary and Amina Lawal.
We’ve been refused equal pay
We’ve been forced to hide our belly bumps
We’ve been hanged by our PMS*
We’ve been judged by our lipstick
We’ve been dared to grow a penis
We’ve been called nutcrackers
And so I will not stone her
Let her deeds hand the stones
Let her words nail her
Let her faults trip her
And you can call me what you will:
Fuckn’ Femminist
* Pre-menstrual syndrome
Prison Walls of Fruit: A Letter from Eve
by Joyce Ashuntantang
Dear God,
Just a few words
Before I leave your sight.
I felt ensnared
In your Garden of Eden
You gave me words
Then claimed my tongue
You gave me songs
Then kept my voice
You gave me eyes
Then took my sight
You opened your ears
But sealed my mouth
I learnt to walk
But to nowhere
You gave me man
Then kept his manhood
The one person who cared
You cursed him for good.
So I don’t regret leaving
These prison walls of fruit
Yours truly,
Batuo's world

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Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/23/2009
Hah! I have to comment on the "Dear God" poem. I have maintained for many years that God set Adam and Eve up. I mean He put them in the Garden, and everything was cool, but then He said, Don't mess with that over there. No! Nope. Don't touch it. Okay. Now to you and I, having lived to the age we are would understand the word "no" and the word "don't" and would not mess with His stash. But Adam and Eve, these two people were born fully grown and an hour later He started laying down the law to them. They're going "Huh," "What," "Huh" again. See, they had no upbringing. They were not schooled in obeying, so they had no real reason NOT to get down with the fruit, or cabbage, or whatever. Nobody can make me believe that it was not entrapment, pure and simple. I've been wanting to let this out for some time now, and your poem gave me the reason to do it. Welcome to AD, Joyce.
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