I wrote this poem a couple of years ago, but it’s still one of my favorites. I was looking through old emails this week, and it popped up. I felt like that was a sign to post it on the blog this week. ENJOY!!!
I change my hairstyle just as much as I change my boots
But all the styles I rock pay homage to my roots
I was taught to appreciate my brown skin, kinky hair and full lips
But I was also made aware that the world doesn’t understand the presence of my wide hips
My BEAUTY doesn’t look like what’s in magazines and on tv
But I realize it’s deeper than what the world sees
I can’t expect for someone that doesn’t understand my people to appreciate the aesthetics of my face
The features I possess they don’t see as having grace
They don’t realize that MY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL but it doesn’t need their approval
So to me their opinion of what’s BEAUTIFUL isn’t that crucial
What’s even greater than the physical features that my ancestors passed down
Is my BEAUTIFUL mind that’s so elegant it should be draped in a gown
They may not see what’s attractive about my skin, lips, hips and face
But this mind of mine has the capacity to change the world with such style, elegance and grace
So you can judge me and say my BEAUTY doesn’t match up to what you deem attractive
But that just shows you’re lacking in more ways than one including your mind because it’s definitely not active
As I mediate and take a look at the BEAUTIFULLY written words on this page
I realize I’ve given this enough of my energy & it’s time to drop the mic & head off stage
Before I go I’ll give you a few solid words of advice…it’s okay to find BEAUTY in things that don’t look like you even girls & women who were born “tan”
But as I look into your vacant eyes I realize all this time I’ve been talking to a LITTLE BOY & not a grown a** MAN
So there’s no way that you’d possibly understand the deep knowledge that I’m spitting
Just know there’s a whole plantation of women like me that are BEAUTIFUL, know it and won’t be asking for your worthless permission
Until next time loves…
I love all the pictures of these bloggers. They’re some of my favorite girls.
They are definitely all amazing women!
I absolutely LOVE the poem Sheena!!!
Thanks so much!
This is a beautiful poem. I especially love the very beginning which states “I change my hairstyle just as much as I change my boots, But all the styles I rock pay homage to my roots.” Powerful!
Thanks for reading!
LOVE IT!!! What a beautiful and powerful piece!!!
Thanks!!! Wrote it at work one day lol.
I love this poem!!! It’s so sad that we have to write/read these reminders about how beautiful we are. Very well written!
Thanks!!! I was at work a couple of years ago and heard a few guys talking about beautiful women. None of them ever mentioned a black woman. So I sat down and wrote the poem in about 20 minutes. Thanks for reading!
Beautiful poem, *snaps fingers*. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.
LOL at snaps fingers. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!
Loved this poem, especially the message at the end. Its not just our girls that need to understand we are beautiful beyond the societal beauty standard – our boys need to hear this too.
Right!!! Everyone needs to know. ❤❤❤
Beautiful poem! You got that message across so eloquently! Beautiful pictures as well.
Thanks so much for reading!
Beautiful poem, photos, and outfits! I need your fashion forward advice gone girl.
I live at Goodwill lol! Thanks for reading.
I legit wanted to stand up and clap. Very well done. I can totally relate to so much of this.
LOL!!! Thanks so much for reading! I’m so glad you connected with the poem. ❤
Thank you for the beautiful remembrance and for sharing this powerful poem with us.
Thanks for reading!
Yesss girl! I so love this poem. Definitely going to share.
Thanks so much!!! I’m glad you connected with it. ❤❤❤