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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Karla Armour **


Stranded

All blondes are hot.
She is not blonde.
Therefore, she is not hot.

Short end of the stick?
Or wrong end of the strand?
The curly, kinky, wavy end
is where she stands.
Suitors chase the tall and willowy
while she walks alone; short and thick.

No bee sting, scalpel or
collagen-filled needle prick
can copy her heart-shaped lips.
A lifetime in the gym and
she still rollin’ them hips.

Yeah, you may need milk
for strong teeth and bones.
Just remember that only
blackberries and chocolate
can cure a sugar jones.

Nightfall cloaks the mainstream’s
masses that file through her back door
like addicts at a drug house, impatiently
crazy for a bite of chili pepper stuffed
with cocoa beans and a shot of espresso
to shoot up their veins.

Daylight sings an abrasively honest song:
“Make way for the blonde, honey!
It’s her world and you don’t belong.”

She coolly smirks and rolls her eyes,
“Yeah, last night it was my flavor
your men demanded! Tell you dumb
blondes one mo’ damned thang,
tonight again you ‘bout to be left stranded!”


Unjuxtaposed Paradox

Concrete ambiguities
A cricket singing background
for a hummingbird
Auburn sunset at dawn
Watercolor parrots flying
across a fresco sky

Fading out of black
A distant close-up
Impotent magic
Angelic cacophony
An abysmal rise
A declining plateau

Stagnant tide of
an ocean that
races to a stream
The brightness of fog
Poisonous chamomile
Medicinal venom

Sagacious virgin
Inexperienced harlot
Murky clarity
Understandable confusion
Ardent winter
Frigid summer

Ladybug spins a web
Spider flies away
Buds wilt into blossoms
Inaudible thunder
Invisible lightning
Milk cries over spilled tears

Unsightly beauty
Attractive homeliness
Aromatic pestilence
Painful ecstasy
An infantile heart
demystifies true love


Multi-Tasking Overachiever

From Big House to the boardroom
From SUV to the slave ship
I multi-task and overachieve
with my baby on my hip

I gits up in da mawnin’
while Missy Ann is still yawnin’
All day long I picks cotton
while Massa treats my man rotten
Cain’t take no mo’ of this rape
Tonight I plans to escape
I’ll make that northbound trip
with my baby on my hip

All dolled up in Chanel
I’m giving Wall Street hell
Making big business deals
in my new Prada heels
Yes, my dear, I’m the boss
and I do pay the cost
Signing checks and pink slips
with my baby on my hip

I’m a fly ghetto queen
Facial expression is mean
Rockin’ weave and capris
Bringin’ yo’ man to his knees
Honey, I takes care of mine
by getting’ down on the grind
And if you trip, I’ll bust yo’ lip
with my baby on my hip

I’m a fiery poet y
todos ustedes know it
I give it all that I’ve got
to keep this microphone hot
African heart, Latin soul
Inglés con Español
I pops my yang real flip
con mi bebé on my hip

From Big House to the boardroom
From SUV to the slaveship
I multi-task and overachieve
with my baby on my hip


As an artist, Karla Armour is known as FyreMouff. She was instructed by the late Paul Carroll at UIC of which she is an alumnus with a B.A. in English (Writing). After a ten-year hiatus from the creative process, she returned to the poetry scene by joining EarCandy, Inc in April 2004.

Karla Armour says: "With all that is going on globally, I want to contribute my words to the outcry for positive change."


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