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My Mother Myself
by Zhana Books

Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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My Mother Myself


When you look in the mirror,

What do you see?

A Black woman, big and bad,

Too strong, too loud, too much?

Hair too nappy, nose too broad,

Or do you see the eyes

That have held back a million tears

For dreams deferred, defiled or denied

Left to die and rot away

In some dusty storeroom behind those eyes?

Do your full lips speak of Africa? 

Of your far away but still remembered home

Where your dark skin glistened in the sum?

Do they form words  in a foreign tongue

As you tell your story

Or argue again

For your voice to be heard?

And yet again, yet again,

Does your tongue make the same arguments

As it longs to be free to sing?

Do you see broad hips

That carried your children

Round buttocks and thighs, smooth continents

That promise pleasure and deliver more?

Do you know that your chocolate-coloured nipples

Provide nourishment and sweet delight?

And your waist encloses a spine

That has carried you straight and sure

Through all of lifeís trials Ė

Do you see?  Do you see?

Your feet that marched and trod

And carried you

And sometimes danced?

Your shoulders are tired now, they need to rest. 

Will you wrap them with rainbow colours of joy and laughter

Or soft, pale green of peace and calm? 

And as you put yourself away for the night,

Will you dream of your beauty?


 Copyright © Zhana 2003



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Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/19/2007
Very nice, beautiful, I like it very much!!!!!!! Words about eyes are very talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Darlene Lewis 5/30/2005
Beatiful....absolutely Beautiful...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/2/2005
I hope you dream of your beauty, God given, and stand proud and tall in His likeness as should all His children!

Welcome to the Den you bring a mighty fine pen;-)

Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/2/2005
this is great...this is some day at authorsden, there is a cornucopia of excellent works to chose from today
Reviewed by M. B. 2/2/2005
The title grabbed me. I'm glad it did. This is poetry with depth. Many rich layers, asking profound questions that answering can only lead to healing and inner growth. If it's any consolation I

"...see the eyes
That have held back a million tears..."

and a woman with wisdom and beauty.
Beautiful writing.

Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/2/2005
This is indeed a most compelling write but it is done so beautifully and I feel the power of it like La Belle says in my heart as well.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 2/2/2005
An absolutely compelling and powerful write. Well enjoyed. This is so real so heart felt it brought my tears.
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