Poetry Contest Winners!
As a way to celebrate Black History Month, we ran a poetry contest that focused on Black Girl Magic.
Contestants submitted pieces throughout the country and we even received a few submissions from Canada too.
Today, we are pleased to announce that we have our winners. Terimarie Degree with "Abracafuckindabra"; Oscar Bruce with "Black Women"; and Giselle X with "Black Women, White World".
Abracafuckindabra by Terimarie Degree
Amulet polishing in the early morn
creating new life with a single word
declaring protection over close kin
fending off illnesses of the mind and spirit like depression
inviting death to enemies
be it a literal physical loss of too much life blood after a stabbing or a metaphorical social demise via a Black Twitter dragging
the intention placed behind each utterance summons the ancient magick
transforming its effects
while sprinklin Lawry's over eggs
and mixin cheese in grits
she is equipped to create or crumble any foundation
be thankful or beware
the Nubian enchantress armed with the knowledge of this ancient incantation Abracafuckindabra
plus her strength
ain't nuthin to play with
About the author: Terimarie Degree is a mid-west residing poet and writer. Growing up with both parents serving in the US Navy afforded the opportunity to live everywhere from southern California to unique locales such as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These experiences have supplied reflections that cover an assortment of topics from commentary on the natural world and the role of humans in it, relationships, faith and family. Having kept her love for writing mostly private for over 20 years; she began sharing with the world in late 2014 and hasn't looked back! She has a number of poems published online as well as work in three chapbooks: Permeable to the Year (2017), The Third Eye (2017) and Where I Want to Live (2018).
For more of her work, check her website here: http://www.terimariedegree.com/list-of-works/.
Black Women by Oscar Bruce
I hit the gym just for you
I know those other guys checking for you
never question your loyalty
but I want to make the decision easy on you, I want to build you up nurture you watch you
Shine that light on you watch you Glo’
Cole aint my Friend but you go girl.
I watch you be unapologetic
while I play the background
I’ll be your backbone
for you to fall on
With me its hakuna matata
Girl you inspire Macgyver
Girl you work it so damn hard you could early retire
This goes out to you
all of Y’all
My number Ones
Superstars in your own right and if it aint too much to ask
Could I stand in y’all shine?
Photosynthesize with y’all photogenic ass
I mean picture this
The sky aint the limit just a place you gonna go through
on your way to the top
And when I talk about top
just know I’m talking conversational
Cause I’ve always been a fan of the intellectual
Women you been working so damn hard
Let me uplift you
I don’t know whats next for you, but I know its delectable
If we just being honest I watched the Cosby show SIMPLY
Because I was amazed with Clair Huxtable
Black Girl how you get so wonderful? Serious question
Y’all got a cheat code or something?
Y’all not telling Me something?
Cause even on your off days
In those “leggings and t-shirts” you looking like crab legs and Obay
A snack I must say mighty tasty
And of course I’m gonna build you up because I know what it feels like to be left to drown
Cause Black Women go missing and barely anyone makes a sound
And as a man I know we have to be better to you.
But this Black man vows to be better for you.
About the author: Oscar Bruce is an artist from Freeport Long Island and has been writing and performing for about 7 years. You can find him on Twitter at @sav_Bruce and on Instagram at @Sav.Bruce.