Category Archives: poems

be nobody’s darling by Alice Walker

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
(Uncool)
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous
Fools.

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

But be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.

Poets I Want to Make Sure You Know – Suheir Hammad

“I will not lend my name nor my rhythm to your beat / I will dance and resist and dance and persist

…your war drum ain’t louder than this breath…” – Suheir Hammad

new poem: Kansas City Arts Scene Represented!

I was asked to submit to UrbanKore Journal, that supports the Black Arts Scene in Kansas City, Mo. where I was born!!  The City of Fountains! Most of my family still lives there 🙂

 

I hope you enjoy the new poem I submitted 🙂

http://haroldsmithart.com/urbankore.htm

Poems for Mothers… this is, Amir Sulaiman

“but when I think about my childhood, I don’t think about poverty, I remember how she

hugged me, kissed me, taught me, loved me / and I know you’d prefer another broken neck to a broken heart…”

Amir Sulaiman

simmered

when our words turn into food
the homeless serve the children
and the moon match the sun for seconds of fun
we disguise language arts between the cracks of our
sidewalks
and everyday people exhibit civilization

no despite
no in spite
no spite

If our words could turn into food
I’d promise you a garden.

nikki skies copyright 2014

How Do You Father Another Man’s Son? – a poem by Conney Williams (video post)

“Don’t just lend them your name / give them the gristle at the end of your bone!
reveal your scars and your tears / hide your prayers inside their lunch” – Conney Williams

Enjoy this poetry video post featuring the words from a Los Angeles literary legend,
Conney Williams.

From the poetry cd, “unsettled water”. 

If you are in the Los Angeles area, support Conney at his release party, May 8th 6:30 pm at Vibrations, 2435 Manchester Blvd in Inglewood!
Please visit www.conneywilliams.com