Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

Just to Impress You

just to impress you
i went out and bought some new clothes.
i figured if i dressed fresh enough, i wouldn’t have to be alone.
so i maxed out my credit cards and spent all my bread,
and when i walked past, you didn’t even turn your head.

just to impress you
i tried to lose weight.
so i went to the gym and tried to sweat away every curve in my shape.
i worked out for hours and my diet put me in the worst mood,
and then i found out your favorite thing to eat is soul food.

just to impress you
i got my hair pressed.
i figured maybe you didn’t dig my afro and thought it looked a mess.
so i got my hair done so silky straight that it bounced as i switched
and then i heard your last girlfriend was a natural chick.

just to impress you
i decided to perform a song,
so i called in sick from work so i could practice all day long,
i shook it like Beyonce and had soul like Joss Stone,
but when i looked out in the audience, you had gone home.

just to impress you
i decided to just be me.
and for the first time in forever, i finally felt free.
i stopped trying to trick you and allure you with lies,
and just like that,
i finally caught your eye.


5 responses

  1. 2 snaps and a stomp. This is so funny all that effort just to come back to you. Great job.

    July 9, 2008 at 7:36 pm

  2. Fire

    wow…as I teared up

    That was amazing…and obviously (hence the tears) I’ve been there before. Bravo my sister! Bravo!

    July 9, 2008 at 8:01 pm

  3. amoreme

    I can completely relate to what you’re talking about here…once you’re comfortable with you…everything else just falls into place. Cool write.

    July 11, 2008 at 2:03 pm

  4. april

    i know that’s right. get it sis!

    July 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm

  5. pearlsfrompain

    Thanks, ladies!

    July 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm

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