Beneath

Beneath

A Poem by Livana Lowell

I've got a voice

I've got a voice-

a voice like a sword

a voice like a whip,

but when I look at your white face

I forget to use it and flush with disgrace.


I wished I had banged my fists on the table

and screamed how you were unable

to remove those gross stereotypes from your lips,

yet I allowed my anger to only drip

when there was a dam of rage boiling

beneath my black breast.


I wished I had sliced your throat

and paraded on your corpse happily,

celebrating freedom and victory

from talks of rhythm, lynching, chicken, and kool aid

and move on to the content Langston Hughes made.

He had things to say. The content of his work was important

and you robbed him of his voice in that moment.


I've got a voice

I've got a voice-

a voice like a gun

a voice like a bat


I just wish I'd use it and fight

and stand against people like you

with all my might.



© 2016 Livana Lowell



Author's Note

Livana Lowell
So, I had an experience with a sub-professor in which he talked about how black people would gather around with their chicken to watch the terrible lynchings that went on in the south. I wanted to say something, but I'm not used to challenging authority like I was supposed to do. I talked with him after class and got him to see my point of view a bit, but still wished I had said something during.

There's a little violence in here, but I didn't mean it literally. I just wanted him to stop talking and to cut him off like I should have.

I want to know if you felt the anger with me? Did the poem really speak?

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WOW! WOW! & WOW! I knew you had a strong & resounding voice in your writing, but this one tops any I've read of yours so far, by leaps & bounds! This is shouting from the hilltops, yet without a nasty bitterness sound to it, just simple pride in oneself & one's identity. There's no need to explain that you didn't mean the violence literally. I've written poems about how I feel like cutting off a man's genitals for messing with little girls & I am simply describing the vision in my head which I must hold back in the flesh, thus showing the power behind what I'm saying & feeling. Your mention of violence comes across the same way. I love it. It's just right, as far as being powerful but not condemning.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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The anger was palpable and in your face, convincingly conveying the rage you felt.
Well done.
I've been around a long time and have learned that violence is not any solution to any problem.
Use your words and your pen, be proud of your life and of who you are.
PS. Great historical reference to Mr. Hughes.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


anger sure did pounding your fist on the desk would of shock up his world. Letting him know how you felt about a bad situation racism is ugly and I hate every inch of it I wish for the world to sing in one harmony a single voice of love.

Your are right to show anger at your professor for this cowardly display and incentive feeling and the Lack of showing God's love throughout the world.

Posted 1 Month Ago


WOW! WOW! & WOW! I knew you had a strong & resounding voice in your writing, but this one tops any I've read of yours so far, by leaps & bounds! This is shouting from the hilltops, yet without a nasty bitterness sound to it, just simple pride in oneself & one's identity. There's no need to explain that you didn't mean the violence literally. I've written poems about how I feel like cutting off a man's genitals for messing with little girls & I am simply describing the vision in my head which I must hold back in the flesh, thus showing the power behind what I'm saying & feeling. Your mention of violence comes across the same way. I love it. It's just right, as far as being powerful but not condemning.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I liked this! Though there is violence depicted here, still I think sometimes one has to shout out to make one's voice heard! Powerful!

Posted 2 Months Ago


This is intense and very emotional. I think you should have shared this with him, reaction at its perfect timing. This is reality, thats all it is. Very well done in expressing your thoughts here. Thanks Jazz

Posted 2 Months Ago


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This is amazing.

Passionate. Real.

Posted 2 Months Ago


"There's a little violence in here, but I didn't mean it literally".

I love poetry Jazz Lover. It is the only honest medium that cannot be influenced by the cross or pedant prejudices. Painters mix colors to get certain responses. Story writers must employ a protagonist in order to generate and convey action. But in poetry, where the action is more implied, it's internal goddesses personify all of it's many ruinous impulses.

In other words, you have license to speak right from the heart. While reading this I was reminded of Ethedridge Knight's "Feeling Fucked Up" where he resolves to f**k every external thing (even God and the revolutionaries) if he could only have his woman back. Yet, in the back of our minds pounded the unvarnished truth, that he was writing this from his prison cell.

"i've got a voice,
a voice like a gun,
a voice like a bat"

and just like Knight's poem, we sense the modified unharmfullness of it, yet still we nod in it's approval. Wonderfully written.....dana

Posted 2 Months Ago


Liquified Realities

2 Months Ago

What a beautiful review and depiction of the power of poetry over other mediums. Thank you for takin.. read more
Gracefully, yet brutally written.

Every word of this poem resonated with me, on a humanistic level.

Excuse my language, but f**k color, race and creed. You are like me and I like you, in more ways than our outer appearances differ.

Beautifully written; strong poetry. I love the fierceness/grittiness.

With all do respect, f**k you, sub-professor.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Originality and form highlight the message, this is Nicely written poem that has a captivating sense of passion!

Posted 3 Months Ago


Livana Lowell

3 Months Ago

Thanks so much!

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Added on November 7, 2016
Last Updated on December 30, 2016
Tags: racism, university, anger, injustice, love, voice

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Livana Lowell
Livana Lowell

Huntsville, TX



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