What If I Am A Black Woman...

by Margrett Dawson Wallace
(Pelham, Georgia USA)

To my sisters, this is a reminder of what makes us beautiful. To my brothers, this is a reminder that your love of us isn't futile, it has been earned... and then some…last but not lease…to the one(s) that think Women are “Controlling Asses”…

WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN?

IS IT A DISEASE?

WELL, IF IT IS, I SURE HOPE IT'S CATCHING
BECAUSE THEY NEED TO POUR IT INTO A BOTTLE,
LABEL IT, AND SPRINKLE IT
ALL OVER THE PEOPLE~ MEN AND WOMEN~WHO
EVER LOVED OR CRIED, WORKED OR DIED
FOR ANY ONE OF US.

SO...WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN?
IS IT A CRIME? ARREST ME! BECAUSE I'M STRONG, BUT I'M GENTLE.

I'M SMART,BUT I'M LEARNING, I'M LOVING, BUT I'M HATEFUL.

AND I LIKE TO WORK BECAUSE I LIKE TO EAT AND FEED AND CLOTHE AND HOUSE ME, MINE, AND YOURS AND EVERYBODY

LIKE I'VE BEEN DOING FOR THE PAST
300 YEARS.

WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN?
IS IT INSANE? COMMITT ME!
BECAUSE I WANT THE HAPPINESS,
NOT TEARS; TRUTHS, NOT
LIES; PLEASURE NOT PAIN;
SUNSHINE, NOT RAIN;
A MAN, NOT A CHILD!

WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN?
IS IT A SIN? PRAY FOR ME! AND PRAY FOR YOU TOO, IF YOU DON'T LIKE WOMEN OF COLOR BECAUSE WE ARE... MIDNIGHT BLACK, CHESTNUT BROWN, PECAN TAN, HONEY BRONZED, CHOCOLATE COVERED, COCOA DIPPED, BIGGED LIPPED, BIG HIPPED, BIG BREASTED, AND BEAUTIFUL ALL AT THE SAME TIME! SO...

WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN?
DOES IT BOTHER YOU THAT MUCH BECAUSE
I WANT A MAN WHO WANTS ME...LOVES ME AND TRUSTS ME, AND RESPECTS ME
AND GIVES ME EVERYTHING BECAUSE I
GIVE HIM EVERYTHING BACK, PLUS!

WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN?
I'VE GOT RIGHTS, SAME AS YOU!
I HAVE WORKED FOR THEM, DIED FOR THEM, LIED FOR THEM, PLAYED AND LAID
FOR THEM, ON EVERY PLANTATION FROM ALABAMA TO BOSTON AND BACK!

WHAT IF I AM A BLACK WOMAN?
I LOVE ME, AND I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME TOO, BUT I AM, AS I'VE ALWAYS
BEEN, NEAR YOU, CLOSE TO YOU, BESIDE YOU, STRONG, GIVING, LOVING,

FOR OVER 300 YEARS,

YOUR BLACK WOMAN... LOVE ME!

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Oct 27, 2012
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resident of pelham,ga
by: Anonymous

Dear Margaret,
Let me start by saying your poem is very beautiful & inspiring.The love of my life suggested that I read this poem & I fell in love with it the very first time.You are so very right,you should never alter your life just because of others.If they're going to love you then they'll love & respect just the way you arenothing less.Therefore I can say I'M PROUD TO BE THE BLACK WOMEN(MOTHER) I am today & so blessed too have a better half like the one I got:-)..

Sep 28, 2012
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love it
by: Anonymous

I Love The Poem.

Sep 21, 2012
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The Beautiful Black Women
by: Anonymous

You are a smart, philosophical, and educated women who also knows how to use common sense as well. They need to have more writers like you on here. It is one of the best poems by you that I have read so far and its nice to know that us as black women can still be appreciated but also know how to appreciate ourselves as a person. Keep doing what you do my friend and I will keep reading and letting you know how much I enjoy your works.

Jun 05, 2012
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by: Nikki

Cuz Margrett, I love this one the most.

Apr 03, 2012
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What If I Am A Black Woman
by: Renenet

This is a beautiful description of hurts, pains and wants of a human black women's relationship with her man over centuries.

We at your-inner-coice.com are working to raise our people’s consciousness to the highest level of our ancestry. It is not disrespectful to point out the many levels of our thoughts. Every Black Woman needs to read “The Goddess Blackwoman” by Akil to help her know what it is and to become the Goddess Blackwoman, a “Divine being”.

Akil also wrote from Niggas to Gods vol. I & II which every black woman and man needs to read.

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