Good poetry is bravery in ink.
the audacity to exist without permission.
Without hesitation (like bullets in the backs of black men)
The exposed spirit
the sirens of the soul.
Good poetry is naked
the inward man undisguised
the words do not ask you to clap
does not seek for a sign
and only rhymes if it’s meant to
good poetry does not seek to impress you
its only goal is to speak the truth.
Do not add cream
do not add sugar
do not water down what is written with fancy words.
Take off your clothes (symbolically)
let the goosebumps tap dance on your skin
let the cool air move through your toes
comb your hands through your hair and laugh.
praise dance your metaphors.
Write without chains
(there are no slaves here)
transcribe your soul to the page.
Let it bleed
let it proclaim
let it sing
then you shall know what a good poem is.
is bravery in ink.
4 thoughts on “Bravery in Ink”
Thank you for sharing 👍🏾
I absolutely love those opening lines! This poem stands up strong in the tradition of powerful modern poets and spoken word artists, but it also has the poise and confidence of William Wordsworth. You are such an eloquent and captivating writer. This is only the second thing I have read from you (I downloaded one of your novellas), but I appreciate the class and education reflected in your work.
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