Sonia Sanchez

(1934 / Birmingham, Alabama United States)

A Love Poem Written for Sterling Brown - Poem by Sonia Sanchez

(after reading a New York Times article re
a mummy kept preserved for about 300 years)

I'm gonna get me some mummy tape for your love
preserve it for 3000 years or more
I'm gonna let the world see you
tapping a blue shell dance of love
I'm gonna ride your love bareback
on totem poles
bear your image on mountains
turning in ocean sleep
string your sighs thru the rainbow
of old age.
In the midst of desert people and times
I'm gonna fly your red/eagle/laughter 'cross the sky.


Comments about A Love Poem Written for Sterling Brown by Sonia Sanchez

  • Drtony BrahminDrtony Brahmin (9/13/2019 3:47:00 PM)

    I'm gonna get me some mummy tape for your love
    preserve it for 3000 years or more
    I'm gonna let the world see you
    tapping a blue shell dance of love.. love expressed in a very fine way. tony
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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (9/13/2019 10:32:00 AM)

    I see that I have read an commented on this poem before. So happy to read it again. Sonia Sanchez is definitely worth reading again and again. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/3/2019 11:05:00 PM)

    In the midst of desert people and times
    I'm gonna fly your red/eagle/laughter 'cross the sky. /// sound great poem
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  • Bryony SheldonBryony Sheldon (8/3/2019 5:28:00 PM)

    This is a great poem, but more importantly it's extremely strange that all of these comments were posted on this poem's anniversary... (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/3/2019 12:17:00 PM)

    In the year 2017 I have visited this poem. Congrats again for being selected this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/3/2019 11:49:00 AM)

    A marvelous love song penned in equally marvelous style and imagery. A well deserved modern poem of the day and such selection, twice. (Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (8/3/2019 10:18:00 AM)

    I reiterate what I wrote in 2017. Poem deserves repositioning. Congrats again. (Report)Reply

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  • Jane Campion (8/3/2019 12:39:00 AM)

    Gonna is not a poetic word. No counting for what some like. A few good phrases but not a universal poem. Best kept in letter for for the loved one. See this poem every year at this time. The computer needs a rest. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/3/2018 12:59:00 PM)

    The last line did it! What a LOVE poem so well created, a pen of Golden Past and Present that mesmerized the presenting this poem and poetess deserves! Reading time and again, it seems a deja-vu, WHERE havr I read this, ach so! This poem is chosen for the second time since last year. Oh Madam, you so well deserve this. Congratulations dor Modern Poem Of The Day. I admire your style of freshness, of youth. GBU, dear Madam. (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (8/3/2018 5:47:00 AM)

    A great happy thought on the suspension of times' ravages. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/3/2018 3:02:00 AM)

    This poem has been selected as the poem of the day for second time after a year. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/3/2018 1:14:00 AM)

    Excellent LOVE-

    I'm gonna get me some mummy tape for your love
    preserve it for 3000 years or more

    excellently penned
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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (8/3/2017 7:07:00 PM)

    Even a familiar theme like love becomes so alive and enchanting through Sonia's creativity and imagination. Simply superb! (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/3/2017 2:30:00 PM)

    Desert people! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (8/3/2017 11:37:00 AM)

    conversational and informal tone, but very colorful and brightly vivid language. Creatively unique approach to a common theme. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (8/3/2017 10:48:00 AM)

    Very nice. Enjoyed. Word play is very interesting. (Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (8/3/2017 10:37:00 AM)

    Romanticism wouldn't recognize boundaries to imagination. If Sonia gets at the correct type of tape, she wouldn't mind preserving the love for eternity even. Nice thoughts embellished in an inspiring poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Ezhil VendhanEzhil Vendhan (8/3/2017 8:15:00 AM)

    WOW. Beautiful Sonia. Enjoying your lines.
    I'm gonna ride your love bareback
    on totem poles
    bear your image on mountains
    turning in ocean sleep
    string your sighs thru the rainbow
    of old age.
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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (8/3/2017 2:32:00 AM)

    Such an interesting poem... Thanks for sharing... (Report)Reply

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  • Geoffrey FafardGeoffrey Fafard (8/3/2017 1:52:00 AM)

    I love this amazing and beautiful poem that highlights structure and complimentary words. It truely soars.
    Geoffrey.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 19, 2016


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