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ON BEING A BLACK WOMAN
by Claudette Reid

Thursday, June 05, 2008
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This poem was written from my perspective, but is applied to any woman who is an artist in a male-dominated society.

I am a force to be reckoned with...
Sometimes I have to be strong when I don't want to
When I get burdened, I sing a hymn instead of the blues
I laugh when I really just want to smile
My strong Black inherited will carries me the extra mile
I don't worry about what others may think
I am poised, refined and eloquent when I speak
My outgoing nature, personality and charm attracts all the time
Being a Black woman is a gift, all mine
I stand tall, non-wavering like an old, deep rooted oak
Remembering the days of my youth, sayings and beliefs of the older folks
My hairstyle doesn't define my Blackness...it defines me
My mood, my attitude
These Black shoulders have borne many hardships...tears of my sisters,
burped babies, almost like slaves in chains being whipped, bearing hardships
Yet, these Black female shoulders have not crumbled under the weight
As I must bear the burder of others and help determine that person's fate
My heart has been broken by men
My tears are like prized possessions, costing me more than the price of my stolen heart
and it still gives love as its intended purpose
Even though sometimes broken, it has been felt, throbbed with love
And raced at the thought of...
Thought of all the other women I could be in this world and
Nothing compares to being comfortable with my style
What I bring to you is genuinely created, genuinely me
the Creator's style
On being a Black woman, sometimes I have to be strong when I don't want to
Do things that I don't want to do...
Get others to see my point of view
Sometimes...I don't want to be strong...but I have to
 

Claudette Reid

Copyright © January 2007

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