Poetry

Mask Off

To love a black woman

You must love her makeup off

Pores and fears exposed

Belly soft / Ugly belly cry

Hair bonnet / Wig floored

Back bowed tired of

Strength and courage

Drunk with so much wisdom

Decisions are hard

Woman is hard to love

Even as a woman

If you just love

Attitude and soul food

Breasts and booty cheeks

You dollar store cheapen everything it means

To love a black woman

 

 

 

Author: Donna Marbury
Email: donnamarbury@gmail.com
Author Bio: Donna Marbury is a journalist and communication specialist currently living in Columbus, Ohio. She covers healthcare business and technology for “Managed Healthcare Executive” magazine, and has written for “Medical Economics” magazine and “Behavioral Healthcare” magazine. As an arts and culture journalist, she has written for “Columbus Alive,” “The Columbus Dispatch,” “the Columbus Post,” ChicagoMusic.org, and AllHipHop.com.

She currently works as a social media manager for STRS Ohio and has created digital communication strategies for several nonprofits, small businesses and artists as a consultant.

Donna has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in English and professional writing from Wright State University.
Link to social media or website: http://www.donnamarbury.com

 

 

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