throwback: poetry by Sumayyah Talibah

By Sumayyah Talibah

of course i think of summertime 
when i reminisce about the time
long ago before i lost my innocence
when we double-dutched barefoot 
or in cheap canvas shoes
on hot concrete in the city streets
waiting for the ice cream truck to roll by
when our cornrows were done 
on front porches 
under the elders' watchful gazes
and community was a word with weight
once upon a time
we were young and restless 
and bold and beautiful
and thought this world belonged to us
and we could do no wrong
once upon a dream
we escaped the nightmares 
and silent screams
that the sound of sirens cause
because we know
another one has been lost
it is always dusk in my memories
when our names got called
and the streetlights flickered on
and we made plans to not have plans
and parked our bikes 
on kickstands in the yard
while our mothers and aunties 
complained about 
how we smelled like outside
even though we bathed with someone's water hose
and dried our skin under the summer sun

Sumayyah Talibah lives in Michigan with 1 husband, 2 children, 2 cats, and hundreds of books. She cobbles together a living with poems and beads at SumayyahSaidSo. With poems appearing in Liberated Muse Volume 1: How I Freed My Soul, Liberated Muse Volume 2: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face, Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Violence, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines, self-published zines, short stories, poetry collections, and a novel-in-progress under her belt, Sumayyah Talibah is finally making strides toward becoming a household name. She has also been known to make jewelry, write book reviews, and be the Avon lady. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo is of the poet as a young child. 

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2 thoughts on “throwback: poetry by Sumayyah Talibah

  1. Amazing… absolutely awe inspiring,. honestly im wondering if you have tried publishing this, or any other pieces that you wrote.

    You captured the memorries, well done… well done
    .
    I would be grateful if you could check out some of my works too 🙂

    Like

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