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Black Beauty’s Song

I sing on top of mountaintops

I sing at births and weddings

I sing at jazz clubs

in Hip-hop clubs

Reggae fests and

Auditoriums

plays and musicals

parks and supermarkets

bathrooms and bedrooms

I sing of into the night talks and 5 a.m. runs and walks,

Of holding hands while walking through the mall

Of tender back of the neck kisses and gentle ear caresses that mimic it all

I sing of black on black love that stood through thrashes and rapes

A love that stood through hound chases and over the broom disappointments

A love that floated to the top of the sea, above tarnished ancestral bones

A love that passes through prison cells and ghetto walls

A love that crawls over mountains and dances through high grass

I sing in your ears babies

On my knees baby

I sing of good mornings and restful nights

Red roses and bottled wine

Lingerie delicacies

Secret fantasies

Loud love and hushed moans

I sing of hope and resurrection

I sing of peace and friendship

I sing of warmth and comfort

I sing of kisses and tears

From blue-black to the lightest of the beige

From nappy to the nappiest

From the tallest to the shortest

From the thickest to the bony

I sing Black-Beauty’s Song

Loud and soft

Hard and tough

Black-beautiful-black

I sing, I sing, I sing

Because of my Mama and my daddy

Because of my grandmother and grandfather

I sing because of my daughters and sons

I sing because I got too

I sing because God told me too and because

Oshun blessed me too

I sing

I sing through tears of remembering and heartache from understanding

the pain of yesterday that creeps into today

but, I sing of rebuilding, mending, and feeding black bellies

of planting and watering fields of black hearts and souls and making them

healthy and whole

I sing Black Beauty’s Song and it sounds so sweet

© 2012, Mantra Lotus. All rights reserved.

Mantra Lotus (28 Posts)

"I Float".. I Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee..ain't nobody got nothin' on me." I Float with iridescent blue wings.. high on top of purple dust..low to the oceans floor. I spin and whirl, wallow and sink. I am who I am, only because it's who I've been blessed to be. All-knowing and nothing. I knew you long before YOU knew you. Plugging USB cords to the universal cipher, I stay lit. I do what I do, simply because I DO IT. I love, hurt, bleed, laugh, cry, dance. F up, F down, (sideways and on my knees). I pray for forgiveness, and sleep on books of ancestral secrets. I love life because "it's" mine. I want bliss, happiness, joy, and "The love of my life", but I face reality that I may have to settle for the fattest, funkiest, avocado, soy burger and wheat-grass juice. "I Float"..Not fast. Not slow. Just enough for (YOU) to stay with...(ME). Mantra (Writer, Poet and Artist from The Greater St. Louis Area)


7 Comments

  1. Mantra, this is an amazing poem. I can hear your heart beat through it all.
    “I sing of black on black love that stood through thrashes and rapes
    A love that stood through hound chases and over the broom disappointments”

    You are inspiring, beautiful, and strong in your own delicate way.

    • MantraLotus (Author)

      Thank you Sis! Our history is an enduring Love Story! Thank you Cher! We are all climbing for the better!

  2. Oshun – talk about Black Beauty, you should know Mantra, you should know.!

    “I sing through tears of remembering and heartache from understanding

    the pain of yesterday that creeps into today

    but, I sing of rebuilding, mending, and feeding black bellies

    of planting and watering fields of black hearts and souls and making them

    healthy and whole.”

    Black is beautiful and sometimes it is more obviously so than at others.

    What too many white Americans do not know or will not admit is that time after time throughout history Black Americans have loved this country far more than it has ever consistently loved them.

    All Americans and America itself are poorer for that. So let us, together, water fields of black [and white] hearts and souls and make them healthy and whole.

    Deep in my heart, I do believe, Black and White together, WE SHALL OVERCOME!

    i loved this Mantra! Thank you, Black Beauty.

    • MantraLotus (Author)

      Thank you Larry!! Yes!!! I want Healthy, Vibrant, Lush and Colorful fields of us ALL! We Can..We Will.. and We Shall Overcome! I’m singing..I’m singing.. (Thank you and Love YOU)

  3. Exciting! Yes keep on singing no doubt! This is timeless and epic really, so well communicated. :)

  4. “From blue-black to the lightest of the beige

    From nappy to the nappiest

    From the tallest to the shortest

    From the thickest to the bony

    I sing Black-Beauty’s Song”

    Mantra Lotus, you Black Beauty, you, you writer of poetry that hurts my heart and then heals it. These words really touch me. My love was Black, and our son, who I call biracial but who the world calls Black, has experienced the world differently at times than I. If I could, I would render the world color-blind to differences that would divide us, so that color would be only to enjoy and to describe beauty. This is so beautiful, so beautiful!

  5. tolbert

    With this much singin’ and in so many places…the world HAS to be a better place by default if nothing else! Every kind of music, every chord, every instrument, every voice…every word, every poem, every song…beautifully inspiring!

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