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Young, Black and Powerful

February 11, 2015
Yes you are

Yes you are

The shirt arrived.
He wears it well.
He knows that he is Black,
he knows that he is powerful.

But so so eager to sprint past
the young part most days.
It’s in his walk,
more like his saunter.

It’s in his raised eyebrows,
and in the seconds that now
hold a new heft,
as he holds my gaze.

The shirt arrived.
He wears it well.
His body filling more than just the space
of a young man’s form.

Filling out the promise
his birth presented to me ten years ago.
An exclamation point.
There is no period here.

Young, Black and Powerful.
Determined, deep, and fierce.
Perceptive, charming, and guarded.
A young man has arrived,

taking the place of my young son.



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Angelica permalink
    February 11, 2015 9:59 pm

    Beautiful! I want this shirt!!! Where’s it from???

    • February 11, 2015 10:02 pm

      Isn’t it great? Check back couple posts. I spend a little bit of time talking about where the shirt came from. They are called Dangerous Negro.

  2. February 12, 2015 1:19 am

    Love this poem and how these boys are growing up black, proud and powerful! Kudos to the mama!

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