Poetry Month: 'Song No.2'

In honor of poetry month, Day to Day features a reading by poet Sonia Sanchez of her work "Song No. 2."

The recording of this poem was produced by Steve Rowland and mixed by Joe Waters, with a commission from WXPN and funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The poem features original music by Jamaaladeen Tacuma, bass player for Ornette Coleman's Prime Time.

Song No.2

i say. all you young girls waiting to live
i say. all you young girls taking yo pi
lli say. all you sisters tired of standing s
tilli say. all you sisters thinkin you won't, but you
/> will.

don't let them kill you with their stare
don't let them closet you with no a
irdon't let them feed you sex piece
mealdon't let them offer you any old
/> deal.

i say. step back sisters. we're rising from the dead
i say. step back johnnies. we're dancing on our hea
dsi say. step back man. no mo hanging by a th
readi say. step back world. can't let it all go u
/>nsaid.

I say. all you young girls molested at ten
I say. all you young girls giving it up again and aga
inI say. all you sisters hanging out in every
denI say. all you sisters needing your own o
/>xygen.

don't let them trap you with their coke
don't let them treat you like one fat jo
kedon't let them bleed you till you b
rokedon't let them blind you in masculine
/>smoke.

i say. step back sisters. we're rising from the dead
i say. step back johnnies. we're dancing on our hea
dsi say. step back man. no mo hanging by a th
readi say. step back world. can't let it all go u
/>nsaid.

© 2005 Sonia Sanchez

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