Five years old

I have been programmed since five years old

I cannot remember what I was told

For two years no one talked to me

For for four years I couldn’t talk you see

Now I’ve found my voice

I’m not giving anyone a choice

You can listen or move away

I’m not playing today

Or any day

I’m not quiet

I’m sorry if you thought it was that way

I’m not shutting up that’s how it will stay

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1000 years

1000 of years old

As good as gold

We’ve been told

Love last for a 1000 years

Not so many tears

Love will always be there

Sometimes we can’t help but stare

We wonder if it’s in the eyes

But maybe it’s more wise

We are trying to find it

Some of us trying to lose it

Now is the time to really use it

Not run away cause we’re afraid

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Year of Oshun

In the Year of Oshun

They are in the womb

Waiting to be born

With love they’ll be adorned

You may not know from where

But they will make it here

They will come to take what is theres

They will lay some things bare

Some things will be covered in water

Just because they oughta

Stay out the wata’

Here comes the daughter

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Discussion of Wild Seed By Octavia Butler

Doro searches for Anyanwu. He needs someone immortal. He gives her to his son Isaac, but she loves him. Anyanwu marries Isaac, but she hates Doro for it. Later Doro takes Anyanwu as his wife. She wants to die because Doro is a killer.

Love is out there looking for us while we look for it. Usually it comes when we are not looking. It comes and destroys normalcy and logic. Logic and love don’t exist together. Sometimes love comes and we are not ready. Maybe they are not ready. I don’t think I’m ever ready for disruption. I like the waterfalls I’m used to, but in a sense I knew there was something out there waiting for me. I don’t want it, but it won’t go away. I tried everyday until I cried it away. Really all I did was give it a bigger space. The more I tried to erase, the more it took up space. I’m still at odds with it because it was easy before, but maybe this time it is more.

Discussion of Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston

Jonah has a gift to preach, with that gift comes idolizing. Women are falling at his feet and Jonah picks them up even though his wife Lucy is at home. Lucy dies from heartbreak at 47. Before she dies she tells her daughter “Don’t you love nobody better ‘n you do yo’self. Do you’ll be dying before you time is out. (Hurston, 130)” How many women have heard that don’t love nobody more than you love yourself? I don’t think enough women have heard it. If they had so many wouldn’t be dying before their time. You either marry for love or money. When you marry for love you may end up as so many women do : loving someone who doesn’t love you. A man has to work for everything he has or he will take it for granted. Make sure you know your worth and all you may have to give up. Sometimes “It’s not your enemies that harm you all the time. (Hurton, 175).” Sometimes we set ourselves up.

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Discussion of Lost Daughters by Mary Monroe

Lost Daughters is about Maureen and her daughter Loretta. Maureen is trying to escape the tight grip of Mama Ruby and she loses the grip on her daughter. Loretta runs off with Maureen’s husband, Mel but she allows her to come home after Mel leaves her.

How many times do we forgive women? Do we forgive our mothers because they may not have known what they were doing wrong? Do we forgive our daughters because we may have forgotten to let go of our grip and they never became adults? Do we forgive our daughters for needing so much from us when we need them too?
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