Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves

napowrimo rewind, 24 of 30
May 9, 2018, 6:15 pm
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musings at tea time
(c) 2018 by margaux delotte-bennett

I drink my tea
with sugar from the plantations of yore
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napowrimo rewind, 25 of 30
May 9, 2018, 6:11 pm
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the poem i’m avoiding
(c) 2018 by margaux delotte-bennett

the poem i’m avoiding
is filled with inconvenient truths
draped around the need to be seen one way
and known

how does one juggle the masks
when aiming to live
an authentic life?

you don’t.

laying down what no longer serves
is the invitation
and the destination.

truths known on the cellular level
spill forth without effort or

napowrimo rewind, 26 of 30
May 8, 2018, 10:08 am
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friendly reminder
(c) 2018 by margaux delotte-bennett

your joint open letters in support
of powerful men
only prove that the
to make one’s experience of violence
up for public debate
and then
once more.

napowrimo rewind, 27 of 30
May 8, 2018, 10:04 am
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an ode to the headwraps of black women
(c) 2018 by margaux delotte-bennett

wrap your head in rainbows, sis!
protect your crown
or double triple its size
their eyes will learn to see
how regal you be
adorned or not

cover your dome, mama!
all that is seen is not understood
and stillness dwells without and within
your knowing knows how to win
sight unseen

twist and swoop that fabric, woman!
illustrate the road that brought you to your beauty
articles and research aside
desire resides inside
when you choose to elicit it

napowrimo rewind: 28 of 30
May 8, 2018, 12:01 am
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marriage in one scene
(c) 2018 by margaux delotte-bennett

any given day
and given time
the players may change but the roles align
in the family home

daughter: do you need anything?
father/ husband: nope, i’m good.

(a little later in the day)

daughter: are you all right? can i get you anything?
father/ husband: i’m good darling. i don’t need anything.

(still a little later)

daughter: are you good? hungry? thirsty?
father/ husband: i have everything i need right here…

(door opens, mother/ wife enters)

mother/ wife: helloooo! how is everyone?
daughter: were great and all is well.
father/ husband: honey, could you get me…


napowrimo rewind: 29 of 30
May 7, 2018, 11:20 pm
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in celebration of heavily accented English
(c) 2018 by margaux delotte-bennett

language lurches
across some tongues
creating contours and complexity

tongues that fluidly flow
in other patterns of speech

bless you for reminding us
that English
is not the center
is not the norm
is not the standard

continue to color sound
and complicate the
world of words

Napowripo 2018 wrap up
May 1, 2018, 5:23 pm
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30 days came and went… I did not write every day, but I did get 30 poems written (kinda). that is 29 more poems than I wrote last month!

this week i will be going back in time to post the poems from the last week of the challenge. below you will find the 30th poem.

in celebration of poetry in april I:
read poems
watched poetry performances online
performed poems at an event
submitted poems for a local award

there was plenty poetic progress this month and for that I give thanks. I also appreciate you taking time to sit with my words and images throughout this month. I write for me, but I also write for you…

Happy spring!


foot falls
(c) 2018 by margaux delotte-bennett

foot falls & arm swings
measuring time
crossing space
propelling me towards
a little healthier than right now

as all things must start
one steady step
at a time