- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
1. I’m lonely so I do lonely things.
2. Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.
3. You hate women, just like your father and his father, so it runs in your blood.
4. I was wandering the derelict car park of your heart looking for a ride home.
5. You’re a ghost town I’m too patriotic to leave.
6. I stay because you’re the beginning of the dream I want to remember.
7. I didn’t call you back because you like your girls voiceless.
8. It’s not that you want to be a liar; it’s just that you don’t know the truth.
9. I couldn’t love you, you were a small war.
10. We covered the smell of loss with jokes.
11. I didn’t want to fail at love like our parents.
12. You made the nomad in me stay and build a home.
13. I’m not a dog.
14. We were trying to prove our blood wrong.
15. I was still lonely so I was doing even lonelier things.
16. Yes, I’m insecure, but so was my mother and her mother, her mother so I guess it run in our blood.
17. No, he loves me, he just makes me cry a lot.
18. He knows all of my secrets and still wants to kiss me.
19. You were too cruel to love for a long time.
20. It just didn’t work out.
21. My dad walked out one afternoon and never came back.
22. I can’t sleep because I can still taste him in my mouth.
23. I cut him out at the root, he was my favorite tree, rotting, threatening the foundations of my home.
24. The women in my family die waiting.
25. Because I didn’t want to die waiting for you.
26. I had to leave, I felt lonely when he held me.
27. You’re the song I rewind until I know all the words and I feel sick.
28. He sent me a text that said “I love you so bad.”
29. His heart wasn’t as beautiful as his smile.
30. We emotionally manipulated one another until we thought it was love.
31. Forgive me, I was lonely so I chose you.
32. I’m a lover without a lover.
33. I’m lovely and lonely.
34. I belong deeply to myself.
- Warsan Shire
Last week at a Thanks Giving dinner an acquaintance called Malcolm X a ‘terrorist’. Nelson Mandela passed away last night, cue pseudo-liberals calling him a 'terrorist'.
These individuals choose to disregard hundreds of years of systematic oppression and violence inflicted upon black people and decide to place blanket labels on those who used any means necessary in order to combat the system. The oppressor was not serving liberation on a silver platter. Using such labels is not only incorrect, it is misguided and condescending. It shows a clear lack of understanding of the history and events that precipitated liberation struggles. Malcolm X lost his life whilst fighting for equality, Nelson Mandela lost 27 years, there are countless comrades and fallen heroes from Winnie Mandikizela-Mandela, Thomas Sankara, Julius Nyerere, Steve Biko, Martin Luther King Jnr, Marcus Garvey, Patrice Lumumba and many others who sacrificed so that we could live in a world in which all have equal rights and dignity. We know who our heroes are thank you very much. It will be a cold day in hell before we let anyone tell us about our history, pain and the right path for us to choose as we move forward in the post-colonial/apartheid world.
Our heroes did not have inherent hatred in their hearts, they had an unwavering resolve not to rest until freedom was attained. Accord them all the proper respect.
- Tonderai Jnr, The Young African
- (via bazingangie)
like it’s really sad that black girls have to be reminded that they are worthy of being valued or even attractive. like we have to have tumblrs called ‘darkskingirls’ or ‘blackgirlsarepretty2’ to remind us of how amazing we are etc. i love those kind of blogs but it’s really fucked up that we have to have them because society has shitted on us so much.
The circumstances dictate I be more militant like Malcolm X than Martin Luther King Jnr. So be it. I was born ready for the good fight.