He Said: One Night Stand.

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 9.34.22 AMHe said your skin is so chocolate, like really chocolate, damn girl

He said, “what are you doing afterwards?”

He said, “let go out the back way, it’s faster”

He said, “I hate it when people always trying to appropriate our culture, they wanna take short cuts with out having to deal with all of it ”

He said, “I hate being rude to women”

He said, “what kind of men have you hanging around”

He said, “I like the ways that ass looks”

He said, “your body is just so african, do you work out or something?”

He said, “I’ll put you onto this set, it’s so good you’ve got to hear, I think you’ll like it”

He said, “You’re just so damn chocolate, like an African queen”

He said, “always stay black”

and then I never heard from him again.

-A. A. Eke

 

Intergenerational. (Mothers)

My great grandmother was a farmer

She was a medicine woman

She was brave.

My grandmother never spoke English

She was not literate

She raised her children through a war.

My mother is a broken women

She holds both magic and rage

She never shows love.

I would like to think that I am good with words

But I keep everything inside

I feel empty sometimes.

-A.A. Eke

In Winter

How many days does it take to heal?

I don’t know.

Maybe 100 days 100 nights? Or

Maybe I need 40 days in the dessert?

I honestly don’t know.

So you don’t know when you’ll be ready?

I don’t know.

I’m in winter now.

Maybe when spring comes.

Maybe seeing the flowers and trees open up

Will give me the courage to bloom.

-A.A. Eke

(Daughter)

My daughter,

I hope

I teach you to be brave

I hope you are never ashamed to be broken

To raise your fist in the air and scream your pain

Allow your heartbreak to be heard

Never suffer in silence

Never keep your story silent

I hope you speak,

whenever, however

You were never meant to be alone.

-A.A. Eke

Oceans Series: Submerge (Dreaming)

These dreams felt like a baptism
Conscious stirs pulled me deeper and deeper into submerge
The pressure from being underwater intertwined with being weightless
It was like nothing I could ever imagine or describe
It was alchemy
Breaking into new ground and understanding
Breaking bread and creating common spaces for the self and the soul
Feeling interconnected and yet untouchable, all at the same time
It was a holy contradiction
Tears flow seamlessly into the water;
I didn’t know where one begins and the other ends
Fear flowed into curiosity and then into fantasy
Welcome to the matrix
Welcome to the mystery
The ocean has a way of doing that

-A.A. Eke

She Said.

She said, Bend over, let me see if you’re still intact.

it’s important to never lose yourself to a man.

they are all liars and they deceive.

you can only put you trust in god.

if you don’t find a husband you will live a wretched life

and they will talk about you…

they talk about those type of women, in the streets, they will throw your name to the trash.

you can never say I didn’t give you god.

“Will this ‘I love you, I love you’ business train you to be a good child?”

what will you do for me when I am old?

I am your mother you must obey me.

god speaks through me to get to you.

he didn’t wave at you, you waved at him.

i didn’t raise you to be a loose girl.

you should be ashamed.

you need to loose weight.

maybe your darkness is finally coming off.

everyone is watching, they’re waiting to see what you’re going to be.

you can’t go out like this, what are they going to say about me?

-A.A. Eke

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