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Faces&Voices


AN ANTHOLOGY
OF VERSE, PROSE

AND ART

by
the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,
2001-200
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E. R. BRAITHWAITE
Professor

Faces & Voices 4
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EVE - A Naked I   >> Artwork
Kathy Norman
Trinidad & Tobago - International Business

Donít look into these eyes,
For then you may discover secrets,
Memories cocooned by sadness,
Mental scars,
Imploded by distant actuality,
Scars for which no bandage can bear function,
So reveal the bruise of my disdainful reality,
That begets the identity of discontented me.

Donít look into these eyes.
Ebbed in centuries of distant tides,
In a sea of wailing words
I have lost my allegiance to my masterís promise
Through my obvious decadence.
Lips crocheted into knots,
Interweaved.
The deformation of a blasphemous choice,
That toils the acrid taste of disloyalty.

So in ceremonies,
Sing hymns of reparation,
Begging to forget
Your naked consciousness,
Your consciousness,
Of self.
So,
Who am I?
Or better yet,
Who are we?
But the purge of the scourge

Donít look into these eyes.
Men watch in servile anticipation
For my fall from Grace again,
Itís contagious,
Hypnotic,
Like the euphony of your motherís bedtime chant.
There is no escape for me,
And consequently my child,
None for you.
Drowned in myriad whispers,
I weep,
Grasping urgently for something,
Anything that can bleach out,
This stain.

Donít look into these eyes.
Decimated by time,
It is omniscience,
It is pre-ordained.
I am naked.


© 2002 Howard University
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse, Prose & Art, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2002. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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