by Gabrielle Harris
Baby girl skin so brown,
Smile that hides an inner frown
Hair on your head, you should wear it like a crown.
Hips so wide, they move from side to side
Your mind is a strong kingdom, in which you should take pride.
You have the world against you!
Nobody to hold your hand, understand, or be there with you.
You can be, you can do, and you can dream!
Life Ain’t been easy for ya girl, but just believe.
You don’t see your worth!
But don’t let me bore you,
I just had to let you know, that I adore you.
You see, I’ve both witnessed and experienced how society loves to beat you down.
White men will say your lips are too big
But then spend millions to make their wives hips, lips, and breast
Now isn’t that upside down?
Or what about that ungrateful Tyrone, that can’t step up to be man
But will say you don’t know your place as a woman,
And then leave you for Rebecca’s hand.
Truth be told
Even if all the flows in this poem don’t all rhyme
I had to take the time
To help show you, your shine
Oh baby girl,
You’re fine like wine, or maybe the brilliant ideas that cross your mind.
Baby girl! Oh baby girl! It’s your time.
Gabrielle Harris is a rising junior and, Political science major at North Carolina Central University, and is a native of Conway North Carolina.