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Don't Tell Me!
by Andrew Johnson

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

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Don't Tell Me

Don't tell me what I can do,
I'll do what I want.
Don't tell me where to go,
I've been there already.
Don't tell me what I can say,
My mouth speaks my peace.
Don't tell me what I can think,
My thoughts belong to me.
I am a woman,
A fine African/Latino/American.
I've conquered horizons you've never seen,
Climbed mountains you can't imagine,
Floated on clouds you didn't know were there,
Swam in oceans too deep for whales.
If you think you know me,
Watch me transform myself,
To someone you don't know,
Can't see, Won't understand,
Haven't seen before,
Never see again,
Poised to take control, Of every thing I am.
Don't tell me what I can do,
Don't speak those words to me,
Don't be angry when I say this my brother,
I have to be who I am.

Don't tell me!

(Written for a Sistah!)

The Ebony Poet
(c)copyright 1999


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Reviewed by Karen Dunn 2/7/2002
Andrew,
Good Write - stong, passionate and direct.
Karen Dunn
Reviewed by D. Enise 2/6/2002
Outstanding!! A most powerful tool, inspiration, for anyone that has ever been in the rhelm of someone who "needs" to control out of their own insecurities, <my view on the "why" they must act that way.. My heart, my spirit, knows these words of yours, very well..
Thank you!!!
Reviewed by C. Gourlay (Reader) 2/6/2002
This is some powerful stuff. Attitude medicine ~ God knows I need it, and damn I like it too :)
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 2/5/2002
ooooo Andrew, I love this! Janet
Reviewed by Joann Muszynski 2/5/2002
Wow, the inspiration for this piece must have been a great one! A wonderful write, I had to read your name twice, thinking "Andrew? That must be a mistake. " Enjoyed every single powerful word!
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/5/2002
BRAVO!! BRAVO!!!! STANDING OVATION!!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
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