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Strong Black Woman
by Billye Okera

Saturday, March 10, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Debunking the myth of the Strong Black Woman.


I want to speak of foolish things
The cooper color of yo’ skin
Yo’ hair roped through my fingers
Veins bulging blue-black
Through rippled arms about me.

Don’t want no words for nothing mo’ now
Don’t want to speak of revolution
Or the way you speak and there is pain - Centuries old –      Calling from Black places
Only Blackness can hear.

Don’t want to fix it all the way I do.
God before massaSay,
“He ain’t nothin’ but a chile, suh”
Don’t want to salve no heart
Don’t want to bind no wounds.

I only want to lie in the peace of you…and me
And watch you breath
  Like life Ain’t nothin’ but a party.
I want to speak of foolish things!
I want…to NOT be dauntless!
I want…to be…ANYTHING…
  But…A Strong…Black…Woman.

                                                     Billye Okera© 2005
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Reviewed by Blondie Clayton 10/21/2010
When we lie in the peace of Him we feel fearless, like we can conquer the world.

Thanks, Billye. Will come back.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 2/11/2010
Great piece
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 3/12/2007
i echo the feelings of Netta, I did enjoy this
and even in the events of a black woman who don't know better there is strength there just not in use....
very interesting share
Reviewed by Netta Jack 3/10/2007
If I get this correct, this poem is about the moments when a woman wants to be a feel like a lady and nothing more. On that note, may I say I applaud the sentence structure you used - way down home so long ago. Loving the flow. And I must say I sincerly hope you are a sista. Kudos on the write.

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