skin – poetry


Greetings fellow poets and writers! Today my poem marries two wonderful prompts,

Anmol’s Black History Month at Dverse and Devereaux’s Tuesday’s Writing Prompt at the GDG, I urge you to spend some time with the writing of some amazing poets celebrating this significant month at both sites.

A favourite quote introduces my poem, followed by an inspiration at Dverse, I chose Audre Lorde’s, A Woman Speaks and wrap up with a little tweak on the GDG prompt phrase “he shredded her dreams in dignified air of victory”.

“it is the fate of a woman long to be patient and silent, to wait like a ghost that is speechless till some questioning voice dissolves the spell of its silence” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~

If you encounter a day
when you run out of words
out of frustration or disillusion
don’t fret but Rejoice!

For in silence a lot can be resolved.

Occasionally it is beneficial to remain quiet
against the thundering wind
and violent outbursts of undignified words.

So gaze with calm dignity,
subdue the show of emotion
that blisters and chaffs
through words hurled carelessly.

It is in the quiet that the heart
Is circumcised….

But when your silence is no longer honoured
with dignity and compassion
when it is trampled and sullied

it is time to speak up
with strength and wisdom
and stand together against discrimination

for underneath the skin that covers us
we are all human
underneath this skin she is proud to wear
with warm tones and textures
She is fully woman
no different from you

underneath that skin
she is wholly human
made of flesh and bone
coloured in this rich tapestry

I stand with her, let no one
shred her dreams in a false dignified air of victory

Audre Lorde’s, A Woman Speaks:

Moon marked and touched by sun
my magic is unwritten
but when the sea turns back
it will leave my shape behind.
I seek no favor
untouched by blood
unrelenting as the curse of love
permanent as my errors
or my pride
I do not mix
love with pity
nor hate with scorn
and if you would know me
look into the entrails of Uranus
where the restless oceans pound.

I do not dwell
within my birth nor my divinities
who am ageless and half-grown
and still seeking
my sisters
witches in Dahomey
wear me inside their coiled cloths
as our mother did

I have been woman
for a long time
beware my smile
I am treacherous with old magic
and the noon’s new fury
with all your wide futures
I am
and not white.

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Trust you heart if the seas catch fire ~ e.e cummings

63 thoughts on “skin – poetry

  1. “In silence a lot can be resolved” – sometimes this truth can be so difficult to see. I loved the ebb of your poem, the quiet before the storm of your “I am woman, hear me roar” segment. I think it is that time when women are quiet that people should start to get worried! Love the strength of this one!❤️

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    1. like a tea bag I was read, watch what happens when your pour hot water over her! I do so love your comment on the flow I did want to create that slow start and then firm finish. i think women are so underestimated and judged by their outer appearance, skin colour is the first yardstick, lighter skin applicants get the job regardless of higher qualifications etc. yes I am woman hear me roar was indeed the sentiment at the end, but I am more a loud purr than fierce raw, imagine Catwoman!


  2. I love the wisdom that runs through your poem, Gina, and the beautiful use of words to convey it. I especially love the lines:
    ‘Occasionally it is beneficial to remain quiet
    against the thundering wind’
    ‘underneath that skin
    she is wholly human
    made of flesh and bone
    coloured in this rich tapestry’.

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    1. i appreciate the quiet and those who chose to sit silently with me, often words aren’t necessary, I know how much you appreciate that and you give it back through your calm healing presence. yes the first poem has been one I often go back to when I need reaffirmation of my purpose.

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    1. thank you my dear, if I can be all that with these simple words then it makes me very happy, this is for all the strong wonderful women I am so blessed to know, you of course will be the dearest one to my heart with your own gentle healing words.

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  3. I love this Gina. Underneath our skin we are all human… yes, we share so many more similarities than differences.
    I also love
    “For in silence a lot can be resolved.”
    I truly believe that too. You are a giver of wisdom dear friend.

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    1. thank you Rachel, we are more similar than different and yet we look for what can divide not bring us together. it is the human heart that needs to be circumcised. I am very humbled by your generous words, I don’t ever feel wise just very opinionated! many blessings to you my dear poet and friend.


  4. I loved your poem and realized how true that is. There is a nano second where we can choose to rage or remain silent. You have described the wisdom of silence in such situations perfectly Gina ❤️
    I also love your inspirational poem. So beautiful and touching. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.

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