Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Happy History Months!




As we bid farewell to Black History Month, and say hello to Women's History Month, what better way to recognize the contributions of Black People and Black Women more specifically than with some poetry that captures the beauty of Black People. So, sit back as Poet Jennifer Brown Banks waxes poetically about our rich heritage. Enjoy!



TRIBUTE!
By: Jennifer Brown Banks

It’s no coincidence
That they acknowledge my people
In the month of February-
The month of love.

We are passionate people,
Bearers of beauty,
Strong and vibrant
Nurturers,

Soulfully
Serenading Life!


LIKE WINE, WE RARE
(For soul sisters)
By: Jennifer Brown Banks


Defiant hair,
Undeniable flair,
“Attitude”
To spare,

Like wine
We rare

Full hips
Mo-than-our-share lips,
Skin that’s been
Sun kissed,
Like wine
We rare

Sassy, beautiful
And bold
Breaking the mold,
Our greatness untold,

Like wine
We rare

Alice IN WONDERLAND
(For author Alice Walker)
By: Jennifer Brown Banks

Like
Alice in Wonderland
You make magic
Come to life!

Weave words
Into a journey
Of faraway places
Mystical makings

(and you make us proud)

Mirroring the beauty
Of what it is
To be a woman,
A woman of color,

A poet,
A messenger,
Awesome and aware,

Me,
Reflecting myself
Through that vibrant image,
Kindred spirits
With
Nikki,
Maya,
Gwen,
Phyllis,
Rita,
Sonya

And those whose words were silenced
Until you spoke,

Taking a stand,
Taking a chance,

Asking the world to take notice
As only poets do

7 comments:

  1. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Thanks, Steph, for the opportunity to share my work with your readers. :-)

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  2. It's a treat to see another facet of Jennifer's writing talents! Enjoyed each one. Thank you, Stephanie, for showcasing Jennifer today. :)

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    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      Thanks so much, Karen. I appreciate your time and support. :-)

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  3. Jennifer is warm and genuine. It comes through in all her writing. Lovely!

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    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 3, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      Sue,

      You're Sue-per in my book as well! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  4. Beautiful, Jen. Many of the lines are moving, but my favorite is: "And those whose words were silenced until you spoke." A lot of meaning and history behind that line.

    Thank you for sharing Jen's poetry with us, Stephanie. Be well, ladies.

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  5. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Thanks, Janette. It's always good to hear from you. :-)

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