English poetry

Poems in English

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when […]

When You Come

When you come to me, unbidden, Beckoning me To long-ago rooms, Where memories lie. Offering me, as to a child, […]

The Lesson

I keep on dying again. Veins collapse, opening like the Small fists of sleeping Children. Memory of old tombs, Rotting […]

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt […]


Beloved, In what other lives or lands Have I known your lips Your Hands Your Laughter brave Irreverent. Those sweet […]

Touched by An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage Exiles from delight Live coiled in shells of loneliness Until love leaves its high holy temple […]

Weekend Glory

Some clichty folks Don’t know the facts, Posin’ and preenin’ And puttin’ on acts, Stretchin’ their backs. They move into […]


Your hands easy Weight, teasing the bees Hived in my hair, your smile at the Slope of my cheek. On […]


There are some nights when Sleep plays coy, Aloof and disdainful. And all the wiles That I employ to win […]

Woman Work

I’ve got the children to tend The clothes to mend The floor to mop The food to shop Then the […]


When I was young, I used to Watch behind the curtains As men walked up and down the street. Wino […]

Million Man March Poem

The night has been long, The wound has been deep, The pit has been dark, And the walls have been […]

Momma Welfare Roll

Her arms semaphore fat triangles, Pudgy HANDS bunched on layered hips Where bones idle under years of fatback And lima […]

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