Featured Poem written by Joan Toluwani Amos ©
When my first daughter turns five
‘Princess!’ I’ll call her
Come, Stand in front of the mirror
Tell me what do you see?
“Mummy I see my little cute self”
Yes dear, but there is a picture I want you to see
You are a Princess from the first order of the blacks
You wear a crown only you can see
You are beautiful
You cry melanin
Don’t you ever feel inferior
Be bold, stand strong and rise
As you recite your rhymes, don’t forget to recite your dreams
Soar on their wings, for the stronger you cling
The higher you’ll fly
Always learn to say sorry when you realize you are in the wrong
But never, ever say sorry when you know you are walking in the right path
And yes, the world might mark you wrong
But you must discard the marks, like we do the trash and mark yourself right.
My dear, once upon a time
There lived a man that said
“If you want to hide something from a black man, put it in a book”
(Laughs), but not you my Queen
You must learn to read
As you grow, go past your storybooks, and notes
To literatures of different aspects of learning
Chase after knowledge
Be best friends with her, for she adds more sparkle to your beauty.
Amos Toluwani Joan simply called Joan is a Nigerian who loves to relate with her world using her voice and her pen. She loves Jesus, Poetry, and singing. She is also on track to become a Biomedical Engineer.
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