Woman, or: Beautiful

Poetry Partners #165

‘Black and Beautiful’, a poem by Irobiko Chimezie Kingsley of ‘MEZIESBLOG’

If you must lie to me, Maria, please try not to cry
Smile like a child and wipe my tears like blind Bartimaeus
Should you trip and fall off a cliff, spread your wings and fly
Sing a sweet song and let the world hear your lullaby
Itโ€™s okay to dance in the dark if your limelight is watching
The night is a time for lives we find timeless and boring
You can cry and fly and sing and dance to a song for whores, Maria
Donโ€™t be scared of freedom, my love, because youโ€™re black and beautiful

Youโ€™re a sharp sword forged for Sextus Pompeius Magnus Pius
Julius Caesar โ€œThe Greatโ€ canโ€™t face your flame in my hands
Our future was carved in gold and no warlord can stop us
Youโ€™re the sword and spear and Iโ€™m the horse in armors
Those we trusted as doves are bad wolves, but we are God-like
When our weapons got blunt with sweat and blood, we turn vampires
So, we warred and cried, and sang and danced to one song with pride and joy
It takes two hearts of gold, big and bold, to behold and hold Holmeโ€™s โ€œHomeโ€

When the birds chirp and sing my tunes, will you remember?
When rippling waves recede and I call, will you come?
Look at the sky, gaze upon the sun, and remember
Let it dazzle your eyes and take you to November
Leave your pain and tears for me there, the doves and wolves will find peace
On my strung wings, soar high with strong winds and seize the keys, please
Unlock your world and see, deep within, what makes you black and beautiful
Black is truly beautiful, my love, go look into the mirror

A ‘Shadorma’ by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

what magic
makes me throb before
you in the
black of night?
and how your smooth skin beckons-
beautiful temptress

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


List of Poetry Partners

23 thoughts on “Woman, or: Beautiful”

  1. Impressive use of historical references and vivid imagery in Irobiko’s powerful poem. I like that he is so encouraging and seeks to empower the beautiful Black woman!

    David, your shardoma is so beautiful and elegant in its directness and simplicity! It contrasts nicely with Irobiko’s longer, more complex poem… a very effective partnership!

  2. I love especially the way the third stanza of Irobiko’s poem sings. And the contrast of overflowing into simple in your response works well. (K)

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