Listen, Lady Phoenix

Listen, Lady Phoenix,

Don’t smile because you are uncomfortable.

Don’t laugh to prove you are un-bothered.

You are valuable enough to be bothered.

You can look at a nasty utterance

at the lips and call it inappropriate.

You are worthy,

just as worthy as the person spewing tastelessness.

You are worthy.

 

When your dreams are equal to a man’s,

but you’re told to take your place

and be humble.

When you’re rebuked to sit back

and let him achieve dreams so big

constellations gossip about it,

remember,

your vagina wasn’t involved

in the matter of your purpose.

Your soul shook you to your core

while you were still sleeping,

painted pictures in your day dreams

of being a lawyer, a bad ass with a smile.

Remember,

your vagina wasn’t involved in the matter.

 

Listen, Lady Phoenix,

Snatch your dreams without feeling the need to justify.

Your crown is reason enough

to snatch the stars from the sky,

just so the next generation

can see hope during their darkest moments.

 

During the moments when

you’re one of the six brown people

at your job and your cubicle

happens to be surrounded

by co-workers who crack tasteless jokes

and justify themselves by saying,

“Well, everybody is racist,”

and you want to explode from the ignorance,

chew through their

privileged “tongue-and-cheek,”

their half-assed empathy for different

kinds of beautiful,

And

Spit

Them

Out,

and you’re torn between

calling them out professionally and appropriately

only to be seen as the angry black woman,

or say nothing and allow them to believe

that their poisonous preference of humor is okay.

 

No matter what you do:

Don’t smile because you are uncomfortable.

Don’t laugh to prove you are un-bothered.

You are valuable enough to be bothered,

just as valuable as the person spewing tastelessness.

You are worthy.

 

When waking up with the desire

to bury the sun because the daylight

is just too damn hard to face,

strugglin’ to once again shove yourself

into boxes your family, education and career

have designed for you,

you shutter at the thought

of placing

your cold feet on the hardwood floors

of your bedroom.

Listen, Lady Phoenix,

You were meant to be you.

Just you.

Your crown is reason enough

to snatch the stars from the sky,

just so the next generation can see hope

during their darkest moments.

In "Listen, Lady Phoenix," this poem tells women that they are worthy of their emotions.

Jasmine Farrell
Born in “the village” and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jasmine Farrell is an author, poet, and co-editor of Poems from the Heron Clan Vol IV. She released her first book of poems in 2014, My Quintessence, about adolescent angst, self-acceptance, love and societal stances. Ms. Farrell’s work has been featured in Poems from the Heron Clan III, appeared in the Nyack College’s literary journal, The Fine Print, and she has been a guest blogger for WomenWithGifts.com. Her second collection of poetry, Phoenixes Groomed as Genesis (PGAGD), about self -discovery, life transitions and society, will be released this year on April 24th. You can order your copy of PGAGD on Amazon and connect with Jasmine on social media.

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Jasmine Farrell

Jasmine Farrell

Born in “the village” and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jasmine Farrell is an author, poet, and co-editor of Poems from the Heron Clan Vol IV. She released her first book of poems in 2014, My Quintessence, about adolescent angst, self-acceptance, love and societal stances. Ms. Farrell's work has been featured in Poems from the Heron Clan III, appeared in the Nyack College’s literary journal, The Fine Print, and she has been a guest blogger for WomenWithGifts.com. Her second collection of poetry, Phoenixes Groomed as Genesis (PGAGD), about self -discovery, life transitions and society, will be released this year on April 24th. You can order your copy of PGAGD on Amazon and connect with Jasmine on social media. https://www.amazon.com/Phoenixes-Groomed-as-Genesis-Doves/dp/0692678662/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466527983&sr=8-1&keywords=Phoenixes+Groomed+as+Genesis+Doves