Thursday, 13 February 2020

tell your black girl daily - (Culled from a collection of 6 days in poetry)

tell your african black girl. daily
that her eyes are
colors of the brown citrine. smoky quartz
hot expresso. charming beauty. that.
that her lips.

her lips. perfectly curated.
with delicate defined edges. heart shaped
dash shaped. all shape.
is stunning

tell your african black girl. daily
that her hair is
beautiful. magnificently kinked.
an institution. a college of
learning. a collage of the.
the tightest and loveliest curls. that.
that her skin.

her skin. the la peregrina. rich her skin.
a mix of the rarest
pink star. the cullinan.
koh-i-noor. opal. jadeite.
exotic. detailed. all shades of her.
is gorgeous

tell your african black girl. daily
that your serenades are true. that.
anything else is false. that.
she is second to none. that.
she's got a good head on her shoulders. that.
that her voice.

her voice. must not be cowed. not.
trimmed to suit. not.
lowered to fit. not.
raised to prove. just.
just flawlessly her, as she is. she.
she is enough.
and hey.
hey. tell your african black boy too.

Poem by Jumoke Odepe
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Photo Courtesy: Colin Behrens from Pixabay

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