Ritamae’s Poetry Corner; ‘I Will Not Apologize’

ritamae-in-art-2012Two days ago, I shared Ritamae-in-art with some of the words of her poetry ‘I Will Not Apologize’ etched all through the sides of this beautiful piece of work by Victoria Macfarlane. Today, I share the the full version of her poetry. Enjoy!

I Will Not Apologize
I will not apologize
for being me
for who I am
for what I am
and what I will continue to be

I will not apologize
for my dark brown skin
for my tightly curled and coarse hair
for my oval-shaped face
and big slanted eyes

I will not apologize
for my stub nose
for my raised cheeks
for my fluffed lips
and big teeth

I will not apologize
for my curvy frame
for my full thighs
and protruding derriere

I will not apologize
for the rich blood
for the struggles overcome
for the centuries old strength
and beauty that is me

I will not apologize
for being human
for being a woman
for being black
for being Afro-American
for being a Kriol
for being Belizean

I will not apologize
for being me
neither should you

by Ritamae Hyde
Mahogany Whispers (2010)

2 Thoughts

  1. This is my favourite poem!!! I always ask Ritamae to perform it!!! I can so relate to this poem since I too was the blackest in my family and was referred to as ‘blackie picky’

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