From Whence I Came

From Whence I Came

A Poem by Tinasha LaRayé

Am I to be called Black or African American?

The uniqueness of our blackness
African and more
I will never settle for
Just a color
Just a shade
I know my blood bleeds African ancestry
And my heart beats American complexities
Of erased identities
But I dance to the rhythm of a Kingdom many know not of
Embrace my sunkissed skin
Uniqueness circulating within
Manifesting in cocoa hues and jovial tunes
Copied by the masses
There are no passes here
No ignoring from whence I came
No buying into the false redefining of a people
Who have been taught ignorance on subjects of lineage, legacy, inheritance and the like
Self seeking, self sufficient, self absorbed mindsets
Lead to self sabotage
Transatlantic explosions of yesterday
Have evolved to poverty implosions of today
I refuse to drink the orphans koolaid
I have a Mother Land who birthed me
A forgiven brother who raised me
A heavenly Father who knew and knows me
I have homes to whom I belong
In time
And in eternity

© 2015 Tinasha LaRayé

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Awesome. I love it when a person appreciates who they,where they are. This poems speaks a lot in few words.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Tinasha LaRayé

6 Years Ago

thank you so much for reading and commenting. I truly appreciate your words. Yes, it is so important.. read more
When so much of the value in tradition and memories in our society, it can be hard to find
the way to understand one's self when you feel as though you have no history. Learning to love
yourself is a beautiful thing. We can be too busy trying to find ourselves sometimes to realize that
we are not lost...and the part of us that is convinced that we are lost comes from rejecting ourselves. Beautiful piece.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tinasha LaRayé

8 Years Ago

Thank you for your awesome words and for taking the time to share them. So glad you enjoyed the piec.. read more

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Added on February 20, 2015
Last Updated on February 20, 2015


Tinasha LaRayé
Tinasha LaRayé


I am because my mother birthed me my father planted me my God created me. Life has unfolded for me in 29 chapters so far with two brothers a smile and a few good memories to show for it. I am because .. more..