The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, February 24, 2014

Black History

       In February (the shortest month), as a third grade teacher, we're studying African Americans who have made a difference. Some of my personal heroes are Jackie Robinson, Mae Jemison, and Henry "Box" Brown. 

       To celebrate both Black History Month (February) and Women's Month (March), Jennifer Brown Banks (a blogger I follow) wrote the below poem that she's generously sharing

      Oh, you don't know her? Jennifer Brown Banks is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in : Poetic Voices, Rolling Out Magazine, Being Single Magazine, Curbside Splendor and several anthologies.



LIKE WINE, WE RARE

(For soul sisters)

by Jennifer Brown Banks



Defiant hair,

Undeniable flair,

Attitude”

To spare,



Like wine

We rare



Full hips

Mo-than-our-share lips,

Skin that’s been

Sun kissed,

Like wine

We rare



Sassy, beautiful

And bold

Breaking the mold,

Our greatness untold,



Like wine

We rare

40 comments:

  1. Jackie Robinson made my favorite sport better, forever after.

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    1. ps--Sheesh! I'm so used to you asking us about ours, that I see it even when it isn't there! Anyway, in keeping with BHM, Jackie Robinson is my hero, along with anyone who faced the police dogs and fire hoses in the deep south.

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    2. Shay--That's the amazing thing. I don't even care for baseball, and yet Jackie Robinson and Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard can suck me and I'm enthralled...

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    3. Suck me in...Suck me in...(Yikes.)

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  2. What a dandy poem...love it...Not sure if many thing Langston Hughes is a hero, but I do!

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  3. Sioux,

    Thanks so much for featuring my poem. For those interested in reading more of my work, please visit Pen and Prosper at http://Penandprosper.blogspot.com/
    I hope you'll join my supportive community of followers! Thanks for reading. :-)

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  4. I will have to share this with my grandgirls! My Jada would memorize this and share it with everyone.

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    1. Kathy,
      How awesome! I hope she digs it. :-) Thanks for your thoughts.

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  5. Jennifer Brown Banks is one talented lady! Wow!

    My favourite is Rosa Parks. I wish she could have lived to see Obama become president.

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  6. Jen, of all the lovely hats you wear, this one is a charming surprise!

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    1. Mama Zen---I know. I can hear it sung, by perhaps someone like Ruthie Foster.

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    2. And I "love" the fact that you took the time to let me know. :-) Thanks, Mama Zen. Stay in perfect peace...

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  8. I like the irony in "Our greatness untold." Beautiful, and makes me want to read more.

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    1. Tammy--I agree. This poem is gorgeous.

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    2. Tammy and Sioux,

      Your comments inspire me to want to create even more. Thanks for adding to the mix!

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  9. Poetry is not really my thing...but I love this!

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    1. Thanks, Val. For some, poetry is an "acquired taste." :-)

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  10. This poem is incredible, like Jen. Love this: "Breaking the mold, Our greatness untold."

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  11. Wonderful! I had forgotten that poetry was among Jennifer's many talents. Thank you Sioux and Jen for sharing this!

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    1. Karen--ALL the thanks go to Jen. I merely cut and pasted it into a post.

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  12. It was indeed my pleasure, Karen. Glad you could stop by and weigh in. :-)

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  13. [Sioux, my dear, I don't think Shay meant to inspire that uncensored reply ... typographical error?]
    rotflol

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    1. Marcia--I kept looking at Shay's comments, and then finally looked at mine. Yikes.

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  14. I read this and later realized I forgot to leave a comment.

    This succinct and well-worded poem does a wonderful job portraying the strength and beauty of a woman. Well done!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  15. Your passion and energy shine through in this poem, Jen. I read it twice because it moved me so the first time. You are a lovely spirit.

    Be well.

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    1. Aww...that's so sweet. Thanks so much, Janette!

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