7/30 - (30/30 Challenge)*

"I Am"


I am an artist. 

A poetic deity

divined to impart prophetic word power,

I am an angel’s daughter. 

The wildflower child nurtured 

By ghostly absentees

and dearly departed fathers; 

I am parented by love, pain and pride, 

the beautiful paradox 

my mother has always been proud of.   

I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams

The dream Hughes deferred 

And Martin spoke of. 

Revolutionary like the images Nikki painted

I am the freedom fire that burns ardently

In our Black hearts, 

our Black minds 

and our Black souls.   

I am ancient. 

I am new. 

Novel volumes of living not yet envisioned, 

Of past lives foretold, 

And generational legends

I am ancestral stories 

recorded in still pictures 

Snapshots of golden silence;

The wisdom you once missed 

before you learned the muted power of sage sense. 


I am the blues in your left thigh

Trying to become the funk in your right

The love you were jonesing for

And the silent noise you can’t get rid of 

I am

Classic 

Like Nina, 

Unbridled passion  

Rain soaked kisses

And thunderous lovemaking

I’m cataclysmic confessions