Catch 22


~~~

On one hand

I’m applauded

Respected

 

Forging my own way

In life

In the face of stumbling blocks

 

Being able

To take care

Of self

 

Not relying

On anyone

Especially a man

 

Always giving credit

To God for

The grace, in making ends meet

 

On the other hand

I’m criticized

And disrespected

 

For being able

To decide

To bring the bacon and fry

 

Because I care

For self, I’m

Bossy and controlling

 

Because I rely

On self,

You think I don’t need you

 

The truth

Of the matter,

I need and want you!

 

I do, because

I have too

I’m virtuous

 

A sadder truth

Is if I didn’t do

I’d be accused

 

Of gold digging

Waiting on you

To provide my wants and needs

 

Indeed, A

Black woman’s life

Is catch 22

 

by: Billye R Hardy

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About The Author: I have been writing poetry, songwriting and short stories since the 1990’s.  I have been a member of ASCAP since 1999. I’ve enjoyed having some of my music and poems performed by local Chicago Artist. My goal is to begin writing music on a larger scale as well as completing a few writing projects. I desire to become a published author within the near future.

Currently working on a screenplay and collection of poems and short stories.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shoya Bowman
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 20:12:21

    Good job Billye! Life is a Catch 22

    Reply

  2. Kandria Daniels
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 17:15:27

    Love this… it really is a Catch 22!

    Reply

  3. Sanetta Gipson
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 17:38:18

    YEAH!!!! Love this Billye!!

    Reply

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