Poem: Ballad by Sonia Sanchez

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Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver on September 9, 1934. Her birthplace was in Birmingham, Alabama, but she also spent a portion of her early life in Harlem.

Sanchez has worked as a teacher, professor, activist, and as one of the most influential and famous poets in the world. Her best works include Homegirls and Handgrenades, Shake Loose My Skin, and Morning Haiku. Sanchez was the first Philadelphia Poet Laureate.

She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as plays and children’s books. Sanchez was a 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.. African American poet; associated with the Black Arts Movement.

Ballad
by Sonia Sanchez

forgive me if i laugh
you are so sure of love
you are so young
and i too old to learn of love.

the rain exploding
in the air is love
the grass excreting her
green wax is love
and stones remembering
past steps is love,
but you. you are too young
for love
and i too old.

once. what does it matter
when or who, i knew
of love.
i fixed my body
under his and went
to sleep in love
all trace of me
was wiped away

forgive me if i smile
young heiress of a naked dream
you are so young
and i too old to learn of love.

 

 

source:

www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/ballad

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