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John Tiong Chunghoo, MY

 

 

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I dream to write like black women poets

i dream to write like black women poets
free from verbose bondage
strutting away verses with enviable clarity,
simplicity, agile as an ambitious lass
on hip hop dance floor

i also know why the caged bird sings
it's because it wishes to fly to
the affectionate black woman poet
to learn from her how freedom songs should be sung

i dream to write like black woman poets
verses so eloquently tempoed, neatly executed
they float through my soul
the lightness of butterflies
flitting from rose to rose, bloom to bloom
smoke over Indian summer ocean

i dream to write like black woman poets
with no pretensions about the past,
calling a spade a spade
yet infectiously bold about the future
taking the world by storm
- black women poets
who could take me through
the thick and thin of
their salvation song
with a tenacity court cases are won
gospel songs are sang
 

 

 


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