Black girls don’t cry. {poem}

Photographer: Richard Burbridge

Photographer: Richard Burbridge

She carries bruises
blue on black
blood on soul
scars of shame

it don’t hurt,
she lies to hide
truth bends rules
to survive

it’s only a phone
an unsure assurance
a talisman of
dismal hope

if only silent screams
could hear
the deafening heart
of fear

but few stop or see
many white believe
black girls don’t cry
that’s a lie

shhh, listen
and you’ll hear
ancient rage and
a mournful weep.


About Carolyn Riker

A creative explorer using the magic of imagination, surfing the sea of understanding and finding bridges to connect it all.
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2 Responses to Black girls don’t cry. {poem}

  1. Chava Gal-Or says:

    Poignant. Powerful.

    Liked by 1 person

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