Thursday, April 9, 2020

April Is National Poetry Month!


April Is National Poetry Month!

Today I shine the spotlight on a fearless sister. A Warrior Poet, Essayist, Novelist, a Liberian, an Educator, and a Feminist. The founder member of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press and Sister in Support of Sisters in South Africa. A recipient of the National Book Award and a New York Poet Laureate. Without further ado, I present Audre Lorde.

FOR EACH OF YOU
AUDRE LORDE

Be who you are and will be
learn to cherish
that boisterous Black Angel that drive you
up one day and down another
protecting the place where the power rises
running like hot blood
from the same source
as your pain.

When you are hungry
learn to eat
whatever sustains you
until morning
but do not be misled by details
simply because you live them.

Do not let your head deny
your hands
any memory of what passes through them
nor your eyes
nor your heart
everything can be used
except what is wasteful
(you will need to remember this when you are accused of destruction)
even when they are dangerous
examine the heart of those machines you hate
before you discard them
and never mourn the lack of their power
lest you be condemned
to relive them.

If you do not learn to hate
you will never be lonely
enough
to love easily
nor will you always be brave
although it does not grow any easier.
Do not pretend to convenient beliefs
even when they are righteous
you will never be able to defend your city
while shouting.

Remember our sun
is not the most noteworthy star
only the nearest.

Respect whatever pain you bring back
from your dreaming
but do not look for new gods
in the sea
nor in any part of the rainbow.
Each time you love
love as deeply
as if it were
forever
only nothing is
eternal.

Speak proudly to your children
where ever you may find them
tell them
you are the offspring of slaves
and your mother was
a princess in
darkness.

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