Some women of African Decent get so tired of all the trouble they go through with men, work, church, organization etc. I dedicated this poem to those who experience my pain.

This poem originally was published in Poems on Life - Poems on Society

Respect
What am I to say
From a colored woman's prospective today
With my Brown skin
Dark eyes
Thrifty dreams
African American eyes

Feels like a hot breeze from Congo
Blowing my way
With echoes from the mountains
And whispers
Whispers
Manipulating my soul
To dance and sing
And listen to the drummers

Listen
Shhhhhhhhhhh

They are speaking to me
Can't you hear?

Sending a message out to us sista's
Us women of color
Us women of glory
And eternal everlasting

My ancestors look at us in discuss
With our chemical treated hair
Body exposed like we don't care

And my back pressed up against the wall
With my belly sticking out
And my tears that stained my cheek
And my intelligence turned weak

Us colored women today, yes us colored women today

What's next, they cut off the welfare checks
What's new, sistas looking for something to do?
And who's to say, we still gonna make more baba's

Won't even give us a job
Cause we belong to that African tribe

Won't even love and respect our brother
Cause we all have the dark skin color

Don't color me black; don't call me a lady,
Don't offer me fine wine, or a ride in your Mercedes

Don't give me your heart, or your passionate love campaign
Don't give me some other sister, worry to gain

Just give me truth, something pure and clean
Just give me respect like an African queen

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  • HaNnAh MiKaEla
    I really like Reading this POEMS it uplifts my heart duh!
  • Mi Esha
    That was so real! Every Woman need to read that so they can keep they head uo.
  • Actavia
    It was GREAT!
  • daniel
    i thought it was very good. It would win a award to your elematary school.
  • Hussyn
    this really beautiful I like it
  • Grace
    I really love this poem. The reason for it is because i'm a black african lady too meaning that it concerns me and i have noticing that kinda thing too try to tell us black women that we don't blong to that place. Do u know what i am going to do with this poem? Read it to student in assembly cos in my school there is quite lot black people and i want them to know that respect is a value for us mostly black people cos without it i don't know if we can survive the life of today. Thanks.
  • J
    I think that this poem was very touching, because it really made me think about the way we all treat coloured people. ''Of all the colours in lifes garden, respect to others is the most fragrant''
  • minette
    this is a very touching and inspiring poem for the black women to realize who we are
  • Ali
    The poem was wonderful. I really loved it, and I want to say good job. It's great.
  • Khashiandrial
    hey, i just want to say that i loved your poem it is very insperational and moving. thank you for posting it for all to read
  • april
    it a good poem when sad
  • TINA
    THE POEMS ARE VERY UP LIFTING TO ME. I LOVE READING THESE POEMS. THEY ARE A JOY TO MY HEART.
  • Thomas
    This is a very sad poem. but the poems tells the truth
  • DEE
    I TRULY ENJOYED YOUR POEM AND I HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE MORE ABOUT SISTAS FEELINGS.
  • Toya
    I truly think that this is a excellent poem. I'm all the way with you sista!!Being black woman can be so hard.Considering all the sterotypes we have to fight day by day.Reading your poem is a real heartwarmer.Keep up the go work!!
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