Crayons

By Whitney

 

I used to think that

my skin

was too light

when I was younger

I’d fish

for a crayon

that matched my face

and I was left grappling two colours:

sienna

and orange

 

I was 6 years old and couldn’t pronounce

sienna

so I decided to announce

to my mother that

“I n’orange Momma!”

She yelled at me

I got the wrong answer

“You’re black

my black child”

but she wasn’t

gentle

only rough and upset

by my confusion

 

I went back to the crayon box

and lined up the

black

crayon to my arm

It looked wrong

I held it up

against my hair

it seemed to match

and my friend Sarah her hands were

Peach

but mom called her

white

White is the colour of the inside of her eyes

“She peach and I n’orange”

but mom

didn’t want to hear any of it.

 

 

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Set in a present-day small mining town in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined (2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) follows a young woman’s path to Mama Nadi, a savvy businesswoman who, in the midst of a complex civil war, both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds.

At once heartbreaking and captivating, Ruined pays homage to the courageous and resilient women who must piece themselves together after the ruin.

 

Written by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Philip Akin

Jan 16th – Feb 12th, 2011

@ Berkeley Street Theatre

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Video: Half Nelson

 

Starring Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie and introducing Shareeka Epps

An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

 

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Ode to Clyde Pt. 2

By Miss Cola

So I said goodbye

Tried not to cry

Cause my love for yu will truly never die

I found someone new

But he don’t even like my fav colour blue

An he don’t even ride like you use to

I keep seeing yu

Every time I go to that one spot

My

Heart

keeps

On

Missing you boo

After months of being apart

I can’t take it no more

I miss the way yu used to keep me warm

During those cold winter months

Or the nice cold air yu blew

Once summa rolled round

I’m sorry

I took one persons opinion of you an jus’ gave yu away

I treated yu bad

Please don’t be mad

In our last months together

We hit some real rough patches

Well mainly yu

But I should’ve stayed true

An held yu down

Especially since yu carried me all around town

All I really did was leave yu alone

But now dis nex man hit me wit some fabulous news

so I no longer gotta sing dem big ass blues

Said yu ain’t hard to fix

Couple new parts an you’ll be remixed

Couple g’s down

Almost made frown

But ill be glad we can go back to cruisin’ town

Together

Seriously I’m yours forever

So do me a favor boo

Keep strong

An lookin’ as good as yu do

I’ll be back at the spot

to check yu

Can’t even lie I’m excited to see yu

N bring yu home

Home is where yu belong

My supa fly car

This is for yu Clyde….

 

The read “Ode to Clyde Pt. 1” click here.

To All My Friends…Who Are No Longer My Friends

By Miss Cola

I blame myself for your insecurities
I blame myself every time you’ve left me
I blame myself cause I can’t see
That the problem never truly was
Me
I struggle to express how I feel
So I loose out on keeping’ it real
Give me a pen an I can write
But with my voice it ain’t a pretty sight
What I really wanna say won’t cum
So I look dumb
Sittin’ here textin’ away
When yu just told me straight to my face
Its over
What’s over?
We were never together
Yu mean this friendships over?
My minds racin’
The tears are dropping’
Don’t matta woman or a man
Its my time I’ve invested
In being a true friend to you
Then I think maybe that’s not true
Maybe I wasn’t as true as I thought
Cause den why would yu leave?
Why would yu wanna throw a friendship away?
I’ve been hurt by both sexes
Done everything’ I could
An still was not even good enough to be called yur friend
Ha ha took me off Facebook
Like it really makes a difference
But I guess yu feel like yu need to show the world
Dat
We
Ain’t
Friends no more
I laugh but it hurts
I smile then I cry
Our days are numbered
There’s no more time for childish games an drama
I’m back to the question why? Why though?
I’ve tried to ask
Nobody will eva gimme a good answer
A real answer to satisfy my heart from breakin’
Or my tears from makin’ a river next to my pillow
Now y’all wonder how I could get so involved
Or so attached
To another human being
Who isn’t even my match, yet just another friend
But lemme tell yu
I live in a cliché world
my closes friends have betrayed me
All except two….not including God cause he said he’ll never leave me or forsake me
And his words are forever true
Regardless I allowed myself to be open like a book
Jus’ tryna keep things honest
And would yu kno they use the same things against me?
Just plain evil an lack of judgement
Tryna use my pain and throw it back in my face
This is why I blamed me myself miss cola for your insecurities
I figured there muss be a reason y u trippin’
Then I realize
It wasn’t me I couldn’t do nothing’ to stop yu
While I know my purpose for what I do, you still searching’ looking for answers
Answers that can’t be found in me
So yu had to move on
And reason being why u had no answers fo me
Is cause yu don’t kno
Yu really jus’ don’t kno
And its easier to blame someone else
Then look in a mirror an take responsibility
Its easy to blame someone for being too nice
All you do is every time they do something nice you tell them they always throwing it back in your face to hurt yu
To have one thing over yu
Its east to blame someone who tried to help you out
Just tell them they’ve been taken’ advantage of you by making you pay them money you owe
Its easy to blame someone who has yur best interest at heart
Start spreading’ rumours that’ll destroy them an act like you knew nothing about it
And every single time you’ll blame yourself because you feel like you are responsible
You feel like you owed them something an you failed
Well it’s time to let go
I hope they soon realize all they’ve done
An if they don’t then no worries
They’re still blinded searching for answers an there’s nothing i could have done
I blamed myself for their insecurities
I blamed myself every time they left me
I blamed myself cause I couldn’t see
That the problem never truly was
Me
Its was them

Started off writing about one, then realized it was many

Many lies hidden in the shadows

No light shining through

Darkness all around
but now I’m through

Can’t afford to blinded any more
Thank you God

You shined a bright light

And allowed me to see all the wolves in sheep clothing


Far Away by Marsha Ambrosius

Literature for Life Revamped!

The Womenz Wordz blog continues to give thanks to Literature for Life, a non-profit organization for young mothers as they have supported our Writing Circle, our Reading Circle and the blog project. We are happy to share their success as they’ve recently redesigned their website offering accessible information, blog posts, photos and video detailing their program.

Plus, L4L has launched their own YouTube channel and has featured our very own Rootz Kizzy and Miss Cola with their children. Check out the videos below and hear how Literature for Life has impacted our ladies.

Here’s Kizzy:

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