She was untouched by the sun,
skin pale as the moon, heart
marked with lunar craters, one
for each lover in her life.
She has danced dark rhythms,
kissed many shades of skin and lips,
felt the resonance of untameable
blues pulse in veins and hips,
but she will never know the misery
of a dark-skinned woman’s history.
Kim M. Russell, 11th February 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Black History Month
Anmol is our host today, and he reminds us that February is Black History Month. For this week’s Poetics we are celebrating amazing African American poets and seeking inspiration from them. He has shared a quote from James Baldwin and poems by Jamaal May and Audre Lorde, and suggests we read Gwendolyn Brooks’ Primer for Blacks, Langston Hughes’ call of/for Freedom, and Maya Angelou’s Harlem Hopscotch.
Anmol asks us to write a poem, short or long, free verse or form, taking inspiration from these poets and their poems. We may pick a line or a theme and find our own voice, or we can elaborate and expand on the issues.