“Uh’ Black ’Omans Crown ( Ode to Zora Neale Hurston)” by Kenny Fame

“yo’ head is so damn nappy”
dat’s whut folk’ youse tuh say
“kitchen’s fo’ homes not fo’ domes
’dose hairs on yo’ head ’spose  tuh   smoothly   lay”
dat’s whut folk’ youse tuh say
got’s  yo’ nerves tuh’ be judgin’ wid’ dat brown paper bag
“’dose hairs on yo’ head ’spose tuh      smoo  th  ly lay”
why’s yo’ nose so wide?      “ah’s reckon ’stensions of  fam’ly ties”

got’s yo’ nerves tuh’ be judgin’ wid’ dat brown paper bag
de’ whole map of Africa is spread ’cross yo face       “chile’
why’s yo’ nose so wide?”       ah’s reckon ’stensions of fam’ly ties
it’s mo’ obvious den’ duh kinks in uh’ swine’s angry hide

“de’ whole map of Africa is spread ’cross yo face chile’
ah’s kin heah yo’ strands of  Black blood drippin’ outside”
it’s mo’ obvious den’ duh kinks in uh’ swine’s angry hide
ah’s shulda knowed naps offends Blacks

“ah’s kin heah yo’ strands of Black blood drippin’ outside
yo’ head is   so    damn     n a p p y”
ah’s shulda knowed naps offends Blacks
“’dose hairs on yo’ head   ’spose  tuh      s m o o t h l y   lay”

Kenny Fame is the winner of The Tenth Annual Black Writers Conference Poetry Writing Award. He lives in New York City.

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