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Since There Aren’t Enough Poems About Black Men (Part II)

My First (and Perhaps Only) Villanelle

By The Dani WriterPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 2 min read
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Beloved Brotha Man my belief in obsidian sun

Resistance fighter regal and safe hands for falling crown

Calmly states “No Black Kween then no Black King—We are indivisible—We are one”

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Loyalty that can’t be bought nor connections that can be undone

Always only bring your A-game

Beloved Brotha Man my belief in obsidian sun

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When I feel up against the wall and fear this battle can’t be won

Words become your weapons

Calmly states “No Black Kween then no Black King—We are indivisible—We are one”

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Hey ‘Sought-for-Answers-to-Silent-Prayers’ where the Ancestors have shone

All their strength in concentration

Beloved Brotha Man my belief in obsidian sun

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The world enlists its standard soldiers but from them we’ll never run

We are impenetrable together

Calmly states “No Black Kween then no Black King—We are indivisible—We are one”

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When the skies to evil bear witness and the final battle has begun

Righteousness favors us as victors

Beloved Brotha Man my belief in obsidian sun

Calmly states “No Black Kween then no Black King—We are indivisible—We are one”

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Afterthoughts:-

I tend to go the opposite direction of structure when it comes to poetry as with most things. Likely due to the overriding structural suffocation I felt in my formative years.

I toyed around with the idea of writing a villanelle for the Vocal Challenge but struggled a bit, feeling claustrophobic. But as previously mentioned, we writers can be a resilient, 'development-or-bust,' unpredictable lot. I reasoned if I were gonna try something new, I'd have to make it memorable, different, emotive, and inspirational for me. Can't think of who else to bring instant warmth and beaming smiles than my Brothas. I love y'all!

Kindest thanks for your 'reading-love!'

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The Dani Writer

Explores words to create worlds with poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Writes content that permeates then revises and edits the heck out of it. Interests: Freelance, consultations, networking, rulebook-ripping. UK-based

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  • LaTonya Staplesabout a month ago

    Love how this is written❤️

  • Real Poetic2 months ago

    I love the way you process and create your poetry! It is very inspiring and intriguing. ❤️❤️

  • Beautifully written, so unmistakably & completely in your voice. My favorite line I believe is yours as well. Why else would you repeat it, highlight it & make it sure it had the last word: Calmly states “No Black Kween then no Black King—We are indivisible—We are one”

  • This was extremely powerful! I'm so happy you wrote this! So well done!

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    Beautifully, beautifully done. 💗

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    Oooooo. This is so good. I got shivers! Wow.

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Definitely inspirational! Thank you for representing, My Sista!

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    A powerful villanelle. It's interesting to me that so many of us struggled with or avoided this form. I was an avoider. After pushing myself to write one for the challenge, I actually enjoyed the experience add found the flow in the form. I might try it again sometime. Maybe. lol

  • Naveed 2 months ago

    You're doing amazing work

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