My Nappy Roots

My Nappy Roots
© 2014 by Rosalind Guy

In the palm of
my hand
is the sum of my
bitter history.
It is a history steeped
with a poisonous
pain that runs deep and
stabs like hypodermic
needles, filling my veins
hateful words that are
to find life again.
It’s strong flavor –
to the senses like
a cup of coffee made
beans that traveled
on ships,
crossed many seas &
filled with bones like
ice cubes in your glass
of water.

I stop to savor
it means
to be down there
trapped in the sea —
When I travel
paths created at my own
I am greeted by
a sea full of
who remind me
the rough terrain
I will travel
every day
helping me to
build strength
find peace
in a place
those who thrive
are pissed off ‘cuz
black people dare to
“You ain’t s’pose to
be free,” they
remind me.

You call them
accuse them of
spreading lies
the truth is
wrapped in my roots
no matter how hard
you pull
I cannot, will not
my nappy roots.

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Peace & Love,


About Rosalind Guy

I'm broken & my soul is weary/ my weary soul rebels, fights/ anything & anyone who tries to heal me/I beat my head against a wall of memories/ trying hard to break free from the chain of memories/ I can only be free by saying it so/ i weave a necklace from words and finally/ I find freedom/ free free free. As you can see, words are powerful to me. As Maya Angelou said, words are wallpaper of the soul. I have lots of nightmarish memories that threaten to break me, but I learned a long time ago about the power of words. They can be used to heal and destroy anything that threatens to destroy the person. Words coupled with love have the power to save and heal. I am author of three books: Skinny Dipping in the Pool of Womanhood, Tattered Butterfly Wings, and Blues of a Love Junkie. I am a high school English teacher. I am a former reporter. I am a mother. I am a woman. I am a fierce advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, those who's voices go unheard. Check out my Amazon author page at the following link:
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