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spacer.gif   American Open Mike: Sandria M. Washington
Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 05:09 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Sandria M. Washington **


Enigma

I am a whatchamuhcallit.
That
That word
That name
Thatís right on the tip of your tongue
You can see me,
Almost taste me
Iím sitting right there on the edge
You know Iím what you want to say
What you mean to say
But you just canít say me
I know what youíre trying to sayÖ
I know.
Iím from that time when things were
Much less complicated.
There was an innocence about me then.
We used to laugh and have ourselves a good Ďol time.
I made you playful.
Do you recall?
Remember me from that place,
A quiet fantasy that felt like we were floating on clouds?
You were so afraid of heights, but one time I let your hand go
Just to show you that free falling wasnít so bad.
You werenít convinced, so from then on we just coasted.
I decided not to look up and
You decided not to look down.
In this place we saw eye to eye.
Oh, donít look so frustrated! Itíll come to you.
Just think hard; think back to that thing I used to do
You know, that thing I did that made birth, life, death and resurrection
Dance as one in your soul.
Then I did it in reverse and your spirit quieted to slumber among the angels.
My biorhythms are etched in your DNA, man!
But still, you think you do not know me.
Iím far too simple to be that complex.
I am a whatchamuhcallit.
I am a whatÖ
I am aÖ
I am.



Kameelah

As I walk down the street
Men in shiny Cadillacís
And wide-brim hats
Cruise by on puffs
Of cigar-smoke fantasies
Their eyes linger too long
On flesh as innocent as
Their granddaughterís, but reminiscent of
The foxy ladies they once grooved with
In goodtime suga shacks

Donít you need someone to take care of you, baby girl?

I slowly avert my eyes
Flattered and embarrassed by
The preying eyes that once over me

Not today, sir.

A young lady always
Respects her elders



Nocturnal

You do not sleep light but
Somehow you always know
When I am tossing and turning
Beside you.
You are funny that way.

I like how you wake up
Just enough to hold me tighter
And ask if Iím okay before
Returning to your dreams.

Maybe instinctively you want
To protect me and love me
Without the realities of daybreak.

At night
When you are sleeping
I love you.


Sandria M. Washington lives in Harvey, IL. "I call myself a lot of things," says Washington, "one of them being a writer. Iíd like to share what I love to do and hopefully my words will connect with others who feel what Iím saying. Words are so powerful and I know that what I write has the potential to touch people. When I write Iím accountable; I have a message to deliver." Washington is the former managing editor of BWMMag.com and currently edits and writes for BrownGurl.com.


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