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POETRY: Tell Me Again

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

A poetry contribution for The South Seattle Emerald | JULY 17, 2022

(Inspired by Mr. Delbert Richardson’s “1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation” exhibit, November 2021 to January 2022, for the City of Seattle Arts & Culture, ARTS at King Street Station.)

Tell me again

About my melanin skin

And how my story began

On the soil, rich with minerals and precious stones

Hot dirt, clay, and sand.

Tell me again

About my intricate hair

Markings and symbols that speak of my kin

Shells, gold and silver, red-yellow and orange.

Tell me again

About my amazing skill

Mapping the stars and ocean currents

Drawing and documenting the times

Preserved on walls and held by our griots.

Tell me again

About architecture and Kemetstry

Healing practices and metallurgy

Exquisite tapestries and geometric precision

Monuments and pyramids that touch the sky.

Tell me again

About my glorious imagination

Inventing traffic lights and the ice cream scoop

Patents upon patents and engineering sketches

Problems noted and solved with my creative genius.

Tell me again

About my melanin skin

Never starting with ships or chains or shackles

Go back to the Continent, in the garden

Mother Africa, where we all begin.

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*This poem is not included in Verbatim, but will be published in Tamasha being released in 2023!


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