Day 21 – Memo to a Black Woman I Know


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Memo to a Black Woman I Know

You are

magnificent, beautiful,

magnetic majesty,

magnanimous, poetic,

magical alchemy


You are

radiance, radical energy

and grace-amazing,

spontaneous, valuable synergy,



You are discreetly cared for

as one who soothes scars,

the secret shared with

the sun, moon and stars


You are life, and light

and larger laughter,

rife with fight,

regarded rapture


You are

the knowing look

that knows of brutal reality,

the glowing brook

that grows the fruitful family tree


You are not

the hateful screams of the heartless

you are not the hurtful schemes of the artless


You’re not of the words

they’re wielding as weapons,

you’ve got songbirds that yield sonic blessings


You are a blessing.

You are the magic.

You are impressing.

You are fantastic

Your soul’s refreshing.

Your worth’s galactic


Never forget

you’re a love stream; a fateful fountain

cutting through seams of hateful mountains.

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Written for a friend of mine who had vile racism visit her at work tonight in the form of a hateful, insulting customer. Don’t let it beat you down. We got this.

9 thoughts on “Day 21 – Memo to a Black Woman I Know

    • Thank you. I wish it were explicitly illegal here in the US, but “Don’t tread on my free speech!” and whatnot and so forth and what-have-you.


  1. a few years ago I met the dean of students of the largest college in a prestigious university. he is black. we discussed his experiences, particularly encounters with people who claimed that, since he was dean, and O was president, that showed we were in a post-prejudice world.

    we both laughed, ruefully.

    I’m glad you can make art, and provide her with support. ~

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    • Thank you. Sadly, bigotry and hateful ways are very much alive and well.

      I like that word. Ruefully. I’ll have to remember to incorporate it into my poetry.

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