lifetsyle

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Poem for Some Black Women


i am lonely,
all the people i know
i know too well


there was comfort in that
at first but now
we know each others miseries
        too well.


we are
        lonely women, who spend time waiting for
        occasional flings
we live with fear.
we are lonely.
we are talented, dedicated, well read
        BLACK, COMMITTED,


we are lonely,
we understand the world problems
Black women's problems with Black men
        but all
we really understand is
        lonely.


when we laugh,
we are so happy to laugh
we cry when we laugh
        we are lonely.
we are busy people
always doing things
fearing getting trapped in rooms
loud with empty…
                      yet
knowing the music of silence/hating it/hoarding it
loving it/treasuring it,
it often birthing our creativity
                      we are lonely


being soft and being hard
supporting our selves, earning our own bread
soft/hard/hard/soft
knowing that need must not show
                      will frighten away
knowing that we must
walk back-wards nonchalantly on our tip-toeness
        into
happiness,
        if only for stingy moments


we know too much
we learn to understand everything,
to make too much sense out
of the world,
of pain
                      of lonely…


we buy clothes, we take trips,
we wish, we pray, we meditate, we curse, we crave, we coo,
we caw,


                      we need ourselves sick, we need, we need
we lonely we grow tired of tears we grow tired of fear
we grow tired but must al-ways be soft and not too serious…
                      not too smart not too bitchy not too sapphire
                      not too dumb not too not too not too
a little less a little more
                             add here detract there
                                     .lonely.

Written by Carolyn Marie Rodgers (1940-2010)

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