Josephine DixonBanks

(Danbury, Connecticut)

Ancestral Woman


I was never child
My maternal granny called me an old, old soul
I seen time come and go
I gave birth to giving birth
Ain’t nothin I don’t know

The sun is my shade I pull it down to allow darkness and light
To give birth to the same day, the eternal now

Then, you ask me, as woman
Then, you ask me, as a colored woman
Then, you ask me, as a female
Then, you ask me, as a black female
Then, you ask me, as a Mother
Then, you ask me, as the epitome of androgeny

What is my contribution, evolution ain’t as old
I been in the grave, beyond the grave
I been the grave, I had to brave the newness of oldness

I remember when silence was communication
Being blind the revelation
Not knowing the greatest education
Nothingness the only information

I am the past, my innateness the futre
My being the immediate now
I am the ancient androgenous embryo
I render gender apropos

I survived domestice violence and sexual abuse
Being told I am of no use
Cause I won’t accept yo validation
As my self-reaization

Then, you ask me, as a woman
Then, you ask me, as a colored woman
Then, you ask me, as a female
Then, you ask me, as a black female
Then, you ask me, as a Mother
Then, you ask me, as the epitome of androgeny

What is my contribution, evolution ain’t as old
I been the grave, beyond the grave
I been the grave, I had to brave the newness of oldness

How does it feel being a Woman
It feels like
I Am all, in all, sustain all, absolutely independent of all
My power never diminishes
Life never starts, never finishes

I come from The Woman we are
She is the ultimate extended family
There is only One Woman
She is the innate evidence exuding all women
My very composition is memories of being other women
I am made of every Woman
Then again, so is existence

I Am The Temple minus the veil
I, Am still waiting to exhale

Then, you ask me, as a woman
Then, you ask me, as a colored woman
Then, you ask me, as a female
Then, you ask me, as a black female
Then, you ask me, as a Mother
Then, you ask me, as the epitome of androgeny

What is my contribution, evolution ain’t as old
I been in the grave, beyond the grave, I been the grave
I had to brave the newness of oldness

Then, you ask me what, is my contribution

Submitted: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: woman, birth, education, women, mother, family, silence, remember, power, child, sun, light, memory, children

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Ancestral Woman by Josephine DixonBanks )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Really Cancerous, RAJESH.C BOSE
  2. Prestiage, Vishal Sharma
  3. Halloween, Damian Murphy
  4. YOUNG AND INNOCENT, Philo Yan
  5. Tale of the Neck, Ima Ryma
  6. Life's Lived Long Lessons, Katherine Nordhaus
  7. Nigah-e-naaz (Hindi), Rajnish Manga
  8. चाँद रात में सैर, Rajnish Manga
  9. Passages of Time, Phil Soar
  10. Listening To Music, RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Poem of the Day

I

Our life is twofold; Sleep hath its own world,
A boundary between the things misnamed
Death and existence: Sleep hath its own world,
And a wide realm of wild reality,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet May Swenson

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  5. A Fairy Song, William Shakespeare
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. Carpe Diem, William Shakespeare
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]