Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

Retraction


i wish i could retract
every cold shoulder,
withheld hand,
rude word,
eye roll,
PMS-inspired interpretation,
self-centered conversation,
sly sarcastic word
and any other instance
of angry black woman-ness
and replace it with
sweetness:

pure cane sugariness
sucked on and dripped down
the corners of your smile
in a tropical land we’ve never been
(maybe Guyana?)
i wanna give you
agave nectar for your agape love
and stir it into a shining glass
of joy that comes naturally:
times i watch you in awe;
times i imagine the future without you
and see nothing at all;
times i remember my pain before you
and quietly know i’d jump through
the same hoops of fire
if you were on the other side.

you are like water
i drink in greedily to cool my insides.
i hope that i quench your thirst
as deeply as you do for me.
i know i can be bitter-tasting,
and for that, i’m sorry—
being sweet is new territory.
but for you, i will try
anything.

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4 responses

  1. Christina

    “times i imagine the future without you
    and see nothing at all”

    Wow. Another masterpiece, Farah. I could practically SEE that eyeroll, Riz 😉

    May 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

  2. Thanks, Chris! Hahaha yeah you know the eye roll very well 🙂

    May 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

  3. awww i love it!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm

  4. i wish my girl would say something like that to me! good job

    July 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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