February 18, 2016


She Dethsula Bey Graves take dis whole worl ta howse
Carry def in huh pockets you might’kuh see fo a dollar
Awlup in da greens an darkuh greens rooted in huh soul
Whateva you’kuh do fa huh she done done an ain’t wont
Bess you jess gih whatseneva she ax fa den git
Whatseneva she got to gih you back uh be worf it
She Lena Brown take da whole dream an sleep in it
Fancy cuvuhs on huh bed an man undaneef em unda Lena
Full bress an behine hair prest aht rill fine
I know yeen expek huh to stay deah ackin cute fuheva
Lena Brown get tied atha-while
Bounda cut huh haiyuh down an hawlass
Wit huh luh purdy Bernice Johnson self
Drankin brown down sweet tawkin awl night
Wit folks who like a name like Bernice
Look like dey jess open dey heart a luh bit mo
My Auntie Granny Teacha mmm hmm she know
Don’t bit mo care neither jess got you open some
Fa you ta do yo part mo better
She Silvia Rivera Schuerch take dis an run wit it
All upinthoo yo paypuhs an laugh to huhself
Like a posed to be brown girl marryin money
Time you fine aht Silvia awlready in deah
She Bethsula Bey take dis whole worl to honey
Take a lil white to da head to sofin da Black from da blues
Swea dey’kuh tell huh huh name
She been knew boy been tellin yo behine
Janet Wanita Jackson yes you are correc
Seem easy enuf to memba Janet Jackson dohna
You’ah rememba huh anyhih Wanita is impor’int
So you add it in when you caw huh aht
She ain’t lookin up ta nobody cawlin lessin dey in deah
An wit huh like Miss Dethsula Bethsula Bey Silvia Lena Wanita Bernice Janet Jackson Graves is


© Vanya Allen


Coconut Grove, February 14, 2016. Photo by Johanne Rahaman




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