- Cussin’ cuz Sonia Sanchez. . .
I don’t knowI guess I was waitin’On Sonia Sanchez all alongTo tell me it’s okay to cuss in my poetryFor everyday peoplesAnd for strugglin’ peoplesBecause we all need to say the word fuck every now and thenThe poets are all that’s leftTo be honest about the current daysSometimes poetry needs to be simpleGrittyThe kind found beneath the benches at the bus stops on the south side of ChicagoOr on the curbs of sidewalks in Brooklyn or HarlemCuz life ain’t so refined for them folksThe poetry has to be realMy verses gotta be made up of some fatty tissueCuz the lower middle class prefers more of a fat assMy poetry’s gotta singLike lady dayIt’s gotta blowLike Louis ArmstrongIt’s gotta glow—like these busy city streetsAfter the grey rainI need you to understand meAnd the blues of my peopleA lot of my people are po’But let’s not forget they are poetsWriting their souls every day to work!Walking their poetry like jazzOn the tired rhythms of their feet! [End Page 333]
Sharday Cage is a poet, author, and teacher. She is the author of two books, Death of a Black Star (Sakura, 2011) and Shadows and Silhouettes (Sakura, 2013). Cage received notable success as a bestseller on Amazon for Death of a Black Star, whose passionate prose and rhyme reveal what it’s like to be Black and living in America while having dreams of Africa. Her words debate what it means to be troubled by life, to be inspired by love, and, most of all, to shine brightly as a Black star even though the world tries to dim it.