If I ever had a daughter I would name her Poetry
She would be the representation of the deepest parts of me
All my fear and greatness would be put together so beautifully

Eyes the color of mahogany
Skin smooth brown and heavenly
The voice of a God
The heart of a Lion
She would be composed of every definition of Beauty

My daughter would talk to me
Sooth my soul when I’m scared and remind me to love me because sometimes I do forget
I forget my own importance and she would remind me
She would remind me that without me there is no her and that she needs me to live
She would constantly force me to look in the mirror and remember that I am great
Great despite what so many others try to make me think
Remind me that those who hate me only do so because they can’t understand me
And most people only hate things they don’t understand or that they can’t be

My daughter would be my confidant

While she silently sleeps I would whisper my deepest fears
I would ask her to hold tight to the pages I give to her and only reveal them when I am ready
She would only speak my truths if I ask her to
My daughter would protect me
She would hide from the world and be for my eyes only
And when she opens her eyes, when no one else can, she will always see me
See me for the truth in who I am
Not for the fiction that so many others see

My daughter would understand me
She would get the hidden messages in every stanza
She would decipher my pain and reveal my strength
She would be the perfect reincarnation of me

My daughter would love me
She would only want her Mommy to be great
She would help me wipe my tears with the ink in my pen
My daughter would be my greatest art
My personal masterpiece

If I ever had a daughter I would name her Poetry
She would be beautiful words
She would be soothing soliloquies
She would be my wildest dreams made into reality
She would be a reflection of everything I aspire to be
And when I am long gone she will live on and make sure she perfectly tells my story
She would live forever
She would be great
She would be me
Me spilled over into eternity

If I ever had a daughter I would name her Poetry
And though you may think I gave birth to her
Poetry really gave birth to Me

About The Author

DaRuddest Jones

DaRuddest Jones is a LGBT Spoken Word Artist, Event Coordinator, Blogger, Producer, Director, Personality, Manager, Facilitator, Writer and Host from the Bronx N.Y. Daruddest Jones is the CEO, Founder and Artistic Director of Rude T.ee V.ee Productions LLC & writer for Unheard Voices Magazine. She is also a former member of Street Poets NYC. DaRuddest has been in performance since the age of 4. She's done everything from African dancing with Laraque Bey to singing background for Jerome Brooks. She's worked with the great George Faison for a number of yrs with a group called the Respect Project where she would sing, rap, act, dance and of course do spoken word. DaRuddest has also been honored with the opportunity to work with the highly honored and highly favored Dr. Maya Angelou as well as many other well know and established artist. DaRuddest competed in a VIBE Magazine Spoken Word Artist competition and was crowned with second place and she has every desire to acquire the number one spot when given the chance again. DaRuddest Jones has performed at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina as well as local venues such as the 5spot, Brooklyn Exposure, HK lounge, Karma, Billie’s Black, 3rdEyeSolation, The Street Poets Den, Moca Lounge, Marfa, Living Gallery, Voodoo lounge and many other locations. DaRuddest Jones has been the Host for Centric Spotlight at the Voodoo lounge located in Brooklyn NY and for Private Affairs monthly erotica showcase at Amarachi Lounge also located in Brooklyn NY. DaRuddest Jones had her first showcase entitled, DaRuddest Jones presents Rude T.ee V.ee, introducing her vision to support and promote spoken word artist and their dream to make it. As an extension of that DaRuddest started a monthly open mic / showcase that she held in the heart of Harlem. At the showcase she focuses on bridging the gap between Poetry and Hip Hop. DaRuddest is the creator and director of a annual artist showcase entitled, Memoirs of a Starving Artist also known as Moasa. Moasa was created to give new artist leverage and experience. Being apart of Moasa exposes all artist involved to free stage training, free promotion, an opportunity to make money and media exposure. Moasa is opened to all art forms. DaRuddest is determined to penetrate the entertainment industry and show the world that poetry is not intended to only be underground. Besides her undying love for performance art DaRuddest Jones is also very interested in the development of the youth in the inner city. DaRuddest Jones teaches at after school programs through out the New York City area. In her classes she helps her students become aware of the world around them, aware of their own greatness as well as holding group discussions on any topic of their liking. Topics included but not limited to racism, apartheid's, American History, Local News and so much more. DaRuddest Jones believes in groom kids to be not just leaders but Kings and Queens. DaRuddest Jones has been blessed with powerful experiences and amazing people. All she wants it to give the world all the greatness that it has given to her. DaRuddest Jones is a character that cannot and will not be held back. She lives by her words and guarantees that you will feel every one.

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