Monday Poems. About a Man by Melissa Fry Beasley

Monday Poems. About a Man by Melissa Fry Beasley

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Monday Poems. About a Man by Melissa Fry Beasley on her weekly section: My Roots on Yareah magazine. Every Monday with Melissa!

About A Man

This is a poem

About a man who wraps my hair around his hand

And PULLS me so close to him

I know he has no intention

Of letting loose.

Opens and closes my legs

Like passages from my diary

He memorizes to use against me later.

Listens to my prayers.

Who whispers in each deadly kiss

About beauty surrounding us,

When all I see are falling stars.

Speaks history like it’s holy.

About a man who comes in so heavy

Not even air moves around him.

This isn’t love but something hungry.

Something left lonely for too long.

Light gone angry.

This is a poem

About rug burns on knees,

Bruises where I was held so tightly

It took from me my breath.

Grabbed like a pack of smokes or sack of groceries.

Man handled while being told i’m better than two Ndn women,

Wondering if you ever even felt us beneath you?


Self-portrait by Durer

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Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma . Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in the world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider social and political context. You can find her work in print and online in Indian Country Today Media Network, Native News Today, The Native American Encyclopedia, FirstPeople.Us, Working Effectively With Aboriginal People, Churn Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, Enhance Magazine, A&U Magazine, and many others. She has two chapbooks forthcoming. " When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." Mahatma Gandhi " They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." Bobby Sands

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