I Am Lucky

 By Shirley Jackson Whitaker, MD, MPH


It’s beautiful, tight and swivey

My hair so kinky, nappy and curly!


I Am Lucky!


The center of my face, my nose, broad and curved just right

Capturing and inhaling the air for my body both day and night


I Am Lucky!


Some tell me I am intelligent, inquisitive and very smart

But, I am only the dreams that my forbearers shared from their heart.


I Am Lucky!


Of my beautiful snazzy Black self I am so proud

I want to go to the mountain top and shout out loud!


I Am Lucky!


My skin, glistening like a black panther’s coat.

Making me so elegant and proud that I have to gloat


I Am Lucky!


To be strong-spirited and creative is what 

I will always strive to be

My heart’s desire is to celebrate what my African ancestors passed on the me.


I Am Lucky!


These eyes, wide and curious, forever on guard to 

capture every moment of life.

To keep watchful through trouble and strife. 


I Am Lucky!


They are so expressive ad stunning, my lips, 

the creator of my smiles.

They are as wide and glorious as the river Nile.


I Am Lucky!


And

You are Lucky, too!!