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Bonnie Tolson
writes predominantly about African American life in the inner city and is the author of a poetry book, Naturally Nappy. Her written portraits and characters are as poignant and diverse as her subject matter. 

Besides being a writer, Bonnie is also an educator and counselor, education is a life-long adventure for her. Versatile, she is also a performance artist and successful writer.

Often employed as a speaker, Bonnie shares her message of personal and spiritual empowerment with many audiences each year from elementary schools, colleges, universities and community organizations, parent workshops and staff development seminars. Through her inspirational speeches that include poetry rap, Bonnie encourages and motivates her listeners.

www.bonnietolsonart.com
 

 

 


Naturally Nappy
 

Got a naturally nappy attitude
just like my hair
it defies
konks
relaxers
hot combs
and blowouts

no matter how it's straightened

or yanked about

it goes back

to black pride

though a house divided

these persistent kinks

are too tight to care

just as Samson

power

is naturally

in my

nappy hair

 

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Bangin

 

Youíd better

know the

symbol before

you put it on

if you drop

your pants

and sag them

bag them

if your bibs

hang right

or wrong

you think

itís pretty

harmless

with your cap

swung left

right

your starís

dusted

clean outta

sight


Church

 

She winched
at my black

out stretched hand

avoiding

greeting eyes

pretending

not to see

following

thirty minutes

of praise

turning

she shuttered

not with the

Holy Ghost

but with disgust

shoulders raised

to heave

then doubled

clutching her

stomach

holding on

to her

make believe


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The Cross

 

Prospect

at 39th Street

checks cashed

no questions asked

loitering

sizing up

women walking

stalked

by eyes glazed

bodies sway

to some off beat sound

standing

at the crossroad

Golgotha!

 

 

All poetry on this page
Copyright
© by
Bonnie Tolson, 2006 

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