The Poetry of Jill Scott


Jill Scott


Actor, Musician and poet.

(I don’t agree with all of her stances and statements but love her poetry)

Haiki #2
It was a loud cry
When I was brought to this world
Been loud ever since

When the women gather
Ever watch the women?
How they laugh?
bend from the waist
wind make wheat do.

They listen chile
all up in they whole selves.
They be smilin”
All them molars and wisdoms showin”
Like Cheshire cats
They be cookin’ too
Season fish
serve fresh squeezed lemonade

Legs wide for best air
bras relaxed on the floors
“Rules…sit out on that porch and wait!”
they say
“We busy”
Yep they be busy too
Sewin’ highlights
Makin’ quilts of days to come and gone gone
They be singin’ too chile

‘Bout all them good convulsions
those sweet sweats
those screamin’ yeses
th lacks of yep.
They be cryin’ too
hand holdin’
sewin’ raggedy edges
It’s beautiful chile
Truly”But don’t rush”
They say
Don’t rush
Gone head on outside

You’ll know fo yo own self soon enough



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