Mu Epsilon's Poetry Corner
Who Am I
I'm an African American Woman
What makes me strong?
What makes me weak?
What makes me whole?
What keeps me standing?
What makes me compassionate?
What makes me honest?
What sustains my mind?
My quest for knowledge
What teaches me all lessons?
What lifts my head high?
My Lord, he teaches me not to be ashamed
What if I can't go on?
Not an option
What makes me victorious?
My courage to climb
What makes me competent?
My confidence in God
What makes me sensual?
My insatiable essence
What makes me beautiful?
My everything, God made me
What makes me a woman?
Who says I need love?
What empowers me?
Who Am I?
I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN
In the Beginnning
In the Beginning, there was nothing- NOT A THING. And the Creator
said,"It is light that I will bring." Then He thought, "I need
something to shine this light down on. Something DEVESTATING,
INDESTRUCTABLE, SOMETHING I COULD PUT A CROWN ON!" So He thought of a
female to bring illumination to night. It later became S G Rho, but He
knew then that it was just alright. And then He thought of what would
later become Z Phi B, but it was just a girl. Then He thought twice
and said, "NO NO NO! I need something that is going to SHAKE UP this
world!" So He thought of a woman: DST it would become one day, but it
STILL wasn't all that, it was just OK. DST, S G Rho and Z Phi B would
never step foot on this earth first.
Then it came to the Creator that His creation would have to be
better than diamonds and rubies, more precious than gold. He began to
create it and ALL of heaven and earth rolled. The Creator looked down
to earth and said, "DIVINE WOMAN" that day. Because there stood His
creation: the lady AKA.
AKA started 1908, and as the Creator deemed it, all others would
have to wait. Alpha Kappa Alpha oh so RIGHT! and the Alpha sounded so
good that He put it in twice. AKA from HER flesh all others came, and
when you see US break it down, you will never be the same.
Original, by definition means pertaining to the source,
Well when you speak of the Original Woman you are speaking of me.
See -- I am the AKA, the First and the Finest for All to behold
I change Black Women into Black Pearls, I am 91 years old.
By merit and by culture is the motivation behind my stride
An Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman always walks with pride.
You see, being the Original Woman is not my only claim to fame,
Service to all mankind is my most esteemed aim.
I am the Original, giving consistently of myself,
Addressing pertinent issues, from AKAdemics to good health.
Who made the committment to do good,
A committment to my people and to my Sisterhood.
I am the hope and the dream of the impoverished and the unclean
When I grace the room you know the Pink and Green is on the scene.
I am intelligent, beautiful, finest yet and sophisticated,
A strong Black woman, college trained, widely educated.
One time originated, three times imitated, but never, ever duplicated!
I represent Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated!!!!
What Is An Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman?
Beauty unparalleled, grace undefined,
An Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman is one of a kind.
She walks in a room with her head held high.
Acknowledgement of her presence is an awe-filled gaze or admiring sigh.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman is regal and profound.
She is the essence of feminism and these qualities abound.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman is honorable and so unique.
All of these qualities culminated, create the Alpha Kappa Alpha mystique.
- April Draine Zeta Delta Chapter
Conceited we're called
Because we stand tall,
uppity we're deemed
Due to our self-esteem
"Our noses are always in the air"
For looking downward we don't dare
And continue with pride
Realizing that if you're a lady
You're automatically downgraded
Sophistication and class is a plus
Although others don't view it as much
Their thoughts are so remote
But when we were founded,
Women couldn't vote
Civil rights were our luxury
In the early 20th century
AKA was very political
Although they laugh and act very cynical
So remember the next time they jeer,
You were the FIRST to be here
Deleting all that was not good
And replacing it with SISTERHOOD
Setting a trend for all the rest
Proving that they could be the very best.
As ladies we must learn
Nothing is given, all is earned
With this in mind
You'll ultimately find
That it's a flair
It's a mood
We call it AKAtude
- Michelle Robinson