Written by Nicole
As black women we are diverse, beautiful and unique
Creative, sensual, crafty, and an enchanting voice to speak
But Society has its beliefs as to how we should behave,
And broadly they are classified as Sister, Soldier, Sucker, Slave.
Always being everyone’s friend, even when they don’t have our back
Meant to be the sidekick, never given time to shine
And if you call that out, you’ll have to simply wait in line
As the Sister you can also be the perpetual ATM
To spend your hard-earned money on your so-called sister-friends
For commissary, for bail money, for everyone’s poor decisions,
And if you decline to help, Sister, you’ll be met with great derision
So if you play the Sister role, as always, be aware
Because you may be their Sister, but do your sisters really care?
For every single cause that others deem worthy of your time
But as the Soldier, you’re in line to be the sacrifice
Often for folks who’d offer you up without thinking twice
Before you Soldier on, determine the worthiness of your cause
Because if it’s not what Society wants, expect jeers and not applause
When Society exploits your kindness as a useful tool
Instead of believing the facts and figures before your eyes
You’ll get conned into believing that women aren’t the prize!
You get Suckered into believing the exception makes the rule
And still end up surprised if that exception is not you!
The Sucker role is the worst, as Suckers always lose
So always be alert to whether the game is being run on you.
For everyone else’s plights and pains, except of course, your own
And if you dare deny being everyone else’s mule
You’ll be castigated as uppity, mean, hateful, or cruel
That’s why any and everyone loves to praise you as being Strong
To use you for your labor as often as the day is long.
These four roles are not the only ones, but the undertones are the same
Of Society at large using you to bolster their own gains
The end results rarely benefit you, if ever
If someone wants you in those roles, these are ties that you should sever
As we arrive in a new year, know you don’t have to behave
As someone else’s Sister, Soldier, Sucker or their Slave.
Copyright Nicole, Beyond Black and White, 26 December 2020
Disclaimer: This poem was written by me, Nicole, and my ideas are not necessarily reflective of Christelyn Karazin or other writers on this platform.