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Noir Black
by Tia Stewart
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"Noir Black" is from the poetry book Colors of a Man, Tribute to African-Amercan Men by Tia Stewart.
Available at online at Books A Million, and Barnes and Nobles

"Noir Black" is a about a black man and a black women whom seem to communicate in two different languages and who must deal with everyday struggles while seeking to maintain a healthy loving relationship.

We often put on a mask and pretend that everything is okay. African-American men must be "men of steel" and super heroes like Superman to deal with all the responsibilities of multi-generational families.

African-American women often portray a stern exterior and only show the fragilities of their human heart with their beloved and betrothed.


Noir Black

Tread softly on  my heart.
Don’t be mislead by my armor of steel.
I am daughter, mother, and sister.
It is a façade that I keep up to survive.
She whispered.
Death comes to those who appear too soft.
Death of the young eager heart.
Death of the young mother who hopes.
Death for the dreams for her young.
Death of the child-like admiration that her heart holds for him.
Tread softly on my heart.
The armor protects the heart, the mind and the man.
The heart that protects the offspring.
I am son, father, and brother
He whispered.
The armor that protects the child of the offspring.
The multigenerational mind that protects and shelters.
He comes for the weak.
Tread softly on my heart,
They said in unison.
Two minds mold into one heart.
Strong and malleable.
Not timid but Herculean.
Formidable, as steel.
Man of steel.
Tread softly on my heart.
Tread lightly in the paths of those that
Came before you.
Tread a path of your own.
Tread softly on this heart.
I am your reflection.

(c) Tia Stewart from the book, Colors of a Man, Tribute to African-American



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Reviewed by Philip Sylva
I like it, it is well written and inspirational.
Reviewed by Dark Knight
wow-very insightful poetry---well done
Reviewed by Daniel Gereige
A well written poem Tia well done!!
Reviewed by Chris Wright
Very nice and good reference to the Holy Union of man and woman becoming one mind body and soul. I also like the reflection part at the end it has a interesting effect of saying I see you and you see me. Well done!
Reviewed by jude forese
passionate, compassionate and revealing ...
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
Welcome to the den Tia.This is a well written piece.I hope I can see more poems from you in the near future.take care
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