3 Chics Politico | National Poetry Month | 2013 |

Join 3 Chics in celebrating National Poetry Month. Throughout the month of April, we’ll feature poems and poets who have inspired America’s historical & cultural landscape.

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We invite you to share and post your favorite poems and poets here.

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I, Too, Sing America

By Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
We Wear the Mask

WE wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

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About Ametia

I am a Spiritual traveler, a devoted wife, mother, sister, lover of dream study, reading, theater, music, dance, and thought-provoking discussions on love, life, humor and service.
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3 Responses to 3 Chics Politico | National Poetry Month | 2013 |

  1. Deborah P says:

    you are a horse running alone
    and he tries to tame you
    compares you to an impossible highway
    to a burning house
    says you are blinding him
    that he could never leave you
    forget you
    want anything but you
    you dizzy him, you are unbearable
    every woman before or after you
    is doused in your name
    you fill his mouth
    his teeth ache with memory of taste
    his body just a long shadow seeking yours
    but you are always too intense
    frightening in the way you want him
    unashamed and sacrificial
    he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
    lives in your head
    and you tried to change didn’t you?
    closed your mouth more
    tried to be softer
    prettier
    less volatile, less awake
    but even when sleeping you could feel
    him travelling away from you in his dreams
    so what did you want to do love
    split his head open?
    you can’t make homes out of human beings
    someone should have already told you that
    and if he wants to leave
    then let him leave
    you are terrifying
    and strange and beautiful
    something not everyone knows how to love.”

    ~ Warsan Shire (same poem again attached. Give a listen. Lovely)

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  2. Ametia says:

    AS
    STEVIE WONDER

    As around the sun the earth knows she’s revolving
    And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May
    Just as hate knows love’s the cure
    You can rest your mind assure
    That I’ll be loving you always
    As now can’t reveal the mystery of tomorrow
    But in passing will grow older every day
    Just as all is born is new
    Do know what I say is true
    That I’ll be loving you always

    Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky—ALWAYS
    Until the ocean covers every mountain high—ALWAYS
    Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea—ALWAYS
    Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream

    Did you know that true love asks for nothing
    Her acceptance is the way we pay
    Did you know that life has given love a guarantee
    To last through forever and another day
    Just as time knew to move on since the beginning
    And the seasons know exactly when to change
    Just as kindness knows no shame
    Know through all your joy and pain
    That I’ll be loving you always
    As today I know I’m living but tomorrow
    Could make me the past but that I mustn’t fear
    For I’ll know deep in my mind
    The love of me I’ve left behind Cause I’ll be loving you always

    Until the day is night and night becomes the day—ALWAYS
    Until the trees and seas just up and fly away—ALWAYS
    Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4—ALWAYS
    Until the day that is the day that are no more
    Did you know that you’re loved by somebody?
    Until the day the earth starts turning right to left—ALWAYS
    Until the earth just for the sun denies itself
    I’ll be loving you forever
    Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through—ALWAYS
    Until the day that you are me and I am you—AL~~~~~~WA~~
    ~~~~~AA~~~~~~~AA~~~~
    Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky~~~~~AA~~~~
    ~~~~AA~~~~~~~AA~~~~~~~~~AA~~~~~~~YS~~ALW­AYS

    We all know sometimes lifes hates and troubles
    Can make you wish you were born in another time and space
    But you can bet you life times that and twice its double
    That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed
    so make sure when you say you’re in it but not of it
    You’re not helping to make this earth a place sometimes called Hell
    Change your words into truths and then change that truth into love
    And maybe our children’s grandchildren
    And their great-great grandchildren will tell
    I’ll be loving you

    Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky–Loving you
    Until the ocean covers every mountain high–Loving you
    Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea–Loving you
    Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream–Be loving you
    Until the day is night and night becomes the day–Loving you
    Until the trees and seas up, up and fly away–Loving you
    Until the day that 8x8x8x8 is 4–Loving you
    Until the day that is the day that are no more–Loving you
    Until the day the earth starts turning right to left–Be loving you
    Until the earth just for the sun denies itself–Loving you
    Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through–Loving you
    Until the day that you are me and I am you–
    Now ain’t that loving you
    Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky
    Ain’t that loving you
    Until the ocean covers every mountain high
    And I’ve got to say always
    Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea~~AL~~~WA~~~AYS
    Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream-Um AL~~WA~~AYS
    Until the day is night and night becomes the day-AL~~~~WA~~AYS
    Until the trees and seas just up and fly away-AL~~WA~~~AA~~~~~
    Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4~~~~~AA~~~~~~~AA~~~~~~~AA
    Until the day that is the day that are no more-AA~~~~AA~~AA~~~AYS
    Until the day the earth starts turning right to left-AL~~~WA~~~A~~~AA
    Until the earth just for the sun denies itself-~~AA~~~AA~~~AA~~~AYS
    Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through-AL~~~WAYS
    Until the day that you are me and I am you
    Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky
    Until the ocean covers every mountain high
    Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea
    Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream
    Until the day is night and night becomes the day
    Until the trees and seas just up and fly away
    Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4
    Until the day that is the day that are no more
    Until the day the earth starts turning right to left
    Until the earth just for the sun denies itself
    Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through
    Until the day that you are me and I am you

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