I am the descendant
of tribal royal slaves
and ancient scientific mathematicians.
of calabash, goat skins, samples and baselines.
to Griots and historians.
of Aesops Fabels and Dr. Kings speeches.
Born with Arabic emerging from my scalp and
Hieroglyphs etched on my lips,
the Yoruba in my chest
pumps past the English in my knees
to the Ebonic soles of my feet.
Written on my flesh,
are the languages
my ancestors once remembered
and my off spring won’t forget.