Wednesday, November 2, 2011

No Images


No Images

By William Waring Cuney 

She does not know
her beauty,
she thinks her brown body
has no glory.

If she could dance
under palm trees
and see her image in the river,
she would know.

But there are no palm trees
on the street,
and dish water gives back
no images.
This is one of my favorite poems. I was introduced to it while studying literature in college. Using short simple phrases and specific visual images, Mr. Cuney crafted the most realistic portrait of the young black/brown girl in a positive tone. It affirms the beauty, freedom and glory girls have. Yet it speaks to the plight of young girls TODAY better than the news could, though this poem was written years ago.
 Oh for ALL of us to embrace our glory. To embrace our creative and intellectual freedom. To move, dance, smile.... wild.... fierce and free in the majestic images we represent. 
We must create the images we want our girls to see. Dish water can't do it for us, and there are no flowing springs running through the hoods.