Rigorous
Volume Four, Issue 1



Jennifer Brown Banks


Invisible

Growing up
As kids,
We deemed it
Pretty cool
And super clever
To be invisible,

To navigate
Time and space
Unseen,
Unheard,

To avail other’s secrets—
Be a fly
On the proverbial wall
Without human detection
Or detriment,

Little did I know
Years down the road
As a Black woman,
I would be granted
This status
Without aspiration or effort
In society‘s eyes,
Without
My own
Volition—

Be careful
What you
Wish for




Ode to Toni Morrison

Always thought
That we’d connect
Beyond words
On the page—
In a future time and space,
Perhaps in some
Quaint coffee shop,
With an assortment of herbal teas
And pricey brews,
Or a university lecture
Of fellow intellectuals,
Or a book signing
Of eager readers,

Me
Full of awe and admiration,
Unfulfilled dreams
And endless questions,
Hoping to emulate,

You
Worldly,
Wise,
Strong,
Spirited,
Grounded
Like a mighty oak,
Tall,
Brown,
Statuesque,
Cloaked in black,

Now fate
Has deemed it
Too late
As you close out
Your final chapter,

And your writings
Remain
Etched
In our hearts



Jennifer Brown Banks: "My award-winning verse has appeared in numerous digital and print publications which include: The Write City Magazine, I am not a Silent Poet, Poetic Voices, Curbside Splendor and Chicken Bones. I am president and Founder of Poets United to Advance the Arts."




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