Black Women


Clam shelled pearls

Candied yam jewels

Sweet buttered corn

We be nutritious like spinach salad

Diamonds in the rough


Rotten as leftover meat

We be for better or for worst

But we be

We be what we need to be…want to be…when we have to be

We done been long overdue

Loving ourselves, hugging ourselves, believing in ourselves

We is pretty

We is smart

We is the nation builders

We is carriers of sweet seeds

We gon’ be greater than we ever was befor’

Because we gotta be

Like it or not…

That’s the way it be

Cause we done been…We done was….We done is

We goin’ be forever more



–by Vera Sims

Copyright © 2016 by Vera Sims