Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves

poem of the week: kwansaba for mother earth
February 28, 2013, 10:15 pm
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on this last day of black history month i want to share with you an indigenous poetic form called a kwansaba. It is a form developed by the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, Professor Eugene B. Redmond, in 1995. A kwansaba is a poetic praise song that contains seven lines of seven words, with each word containing no more than seven letters.


kwansaba for mother earth
© 2013 by margaux delotte-bennett

the very planet has quite a memory
of feet having fallen in their time
to dance around, run from and through,
to cradle our shuffle, across made new
how much thanks do we give her?
our global mother on whose surface we
grow into our truth. strong and free.


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Comment by Ruth Young

beautiful. we sure don’t appreciate mother earth enough!

Comment by mh

“how much thanks do we give her?”
good question.
u readin this somewhere,
for earth day?

Comment by j.

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