The Poet Speaks

Contributing Author

Listen to them

You are just pretty for a black girl

You need to listen to that white girl
who told you to straighten your hair

Fall into the stereotype pit
that gobbles all of us up

Engulf yourself in this misogynistic

Don’t ever ever overcome that sexist

Don’t you dare try to be something
in this white-washed world

Don’t overcome oppression


Contributing Author

Don’t be me

You don’t want to be me

I lie, in speech

My morals, I put aside

But I take it in stride, because I can

I dwell in dark places

Among familiar faces

You can be better than me But you won’t.


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