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These Crowns by Nomsa

Nomsa 19 October 2016 a poem a day challenge, poetry Comments Off on These Crowns by Nomsa
They’ll say its unruly
Untidy
Unprofessional
because it makes them uncomfortable to see a black woman with a crown on her head
it makes them uncomfortable that she wears it so fearlessly
So carefree
So magically
So comfortably

these hair strands dance along with the wind
these hair strands can freeze time and
tumble down walls
that were built by
mental segregation
racial barriers

they’ll say it’s too wild
too out there
unmanageable
because it does not flow with the social norms of what is right and beautiful enough

these crowns will mend broken stereotypes
they will stand when they are continually attacked for existing
for being different
brave
for telling stories about our ancestors who would weave their hair and fearlessly untie it
to let it stand

these roots are not a curse
these roots are symbols that black women can stand the test of time
even though we are constantly fighting
to exist
to matter
to be heard
to be ourselves
without having to explain ourselves

wrestling with words of self-doubt
skin too dark
lips too big
voices too loud
hair too this and that

these crowns represent untold stories
strength
boldness
and if it means that we have to fight
to fill our wholeness in this hallow world
Then so be it!

Nomsa Motale is a writer and artist who enjoys having stimulating conversations. To her, art is an outlet, she likes to create different things and blogs from time to time. Nomsa Motale is a writer and artist who enjoys having stimulating conversations. To her, art is an outlet, she likes to create different things and blogs from time to time.

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