Yes
Almost an 80’s Baby

Yes
I am
Almost an 80’s baby
Born the last month
Of the last year
In the 70’s
Today
I am
A 29 year-old
Phenom
Not an Expert
Far from being
Perfect
But a Phenom
Just the same
You see
I’ve learned a lot
In this time
That I’ve travelled
Here
On this earth
I know who
I am
And why
I am
(And that’s saying a lot
Just right there)
I know why
I be
And
Who I Be
I’m a praiser
Of the Almighty
I was born to …
Well,
Just to be
And just to share
Me
With the whole wide world
My purpose
Is to simply
Be a blessing
In fact
If I didn’t
Like my name
So much
Well, I would
Defintiely
Change it to
BLESSING
Yes, caps and all
‘Cause that’s
Who I be
You see
I’m this
Colored Woman
Born from
Real lovin’
A woman
Who has baked
2 buns in her oven
A mezzo soprano
Dipped in mahogany
Wrapped in the light
Dressed in sheet music
And
Washed in His blood
Born of His Spirit
I now know
I’m living
Solely to express
His love
Through my words
My song
From my pen
Will flow Him
Yes
I am
Almost an 80’s baby
Old enough
To know that
Jazz
Begat
This whole
Music thing
But young enough to
Still be rocking to Weezy

Yes
I am
Almost an 80’s baby
Bold and fresh
Fierce and breezy
Cool and calm
A light blue sea
Flowing
In a Black world of mystery
And
What world
Doesn’t need
Almost an 80’s baby

~by Quiana

Quiana McLaughlin is a friend, a sister and the mother of 2 precocious sons. While finding her way back to God, Quiana is so blessed to have found herself. After trying many different things, she now recognizes her destiny and purpose in becoming an author and a motivational speaker.

© 2010, Shalena D.I.V.A.- Author| Speaker| Life And Business Coach. All rights reserved.

6 comments on “Almost an 80’s Baby (Who I Be) by Quiana McLaughlin”

  1. Quiana, now that I’m in reader and not editor mode, I must say that this poem is very good. It reminds me of phenomenal woman, seriously. Great job!

  2. I Really liked this poem it continued to get better with every line especially if i didnt like my name so much i would change it to BLESSING…hope i didnt mess it up but i was paraphrasing but it was really nice.

    • I’m glad someone else left a comment because folks are sleeping on this poem. It’s really good. I can see Quiana performing it live somewhere. It gives the readers such a boost of healthy confidence in themselves and God.
      Thanks Quiana!

      • Thanks, Rece and Shalena. I definitely see me performing it live too. I wouldnt classify myself as a spoken word artist, but this is that type of poem. I will go wherever God and the words take me. It His Word, it says our gifts will make room for us. I truly believe that.

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