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Bassey

This Nigerian born spoken word artist has appeared on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry three times. In the past two years, she has opened up for Grammy nominated artists India Arie, Les Nubians and Luther Vandross. As a member of the all woman poetry collective, Diva Diction, Bassey appeared on the NAACP Image Awards as part of a tribute to Venus and Serena Williams. Bassey has also been a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam. In the Summer of 2003, Bassey was a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Bassey’s personal and heartfelt work has made her a much sought after performer. She is currently working on her first collection of Poetry and Prose entitled, From This Safe Space. For more information she can be reached at basseyworld.com.

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Inside This Wide Span of Sunflower Against Blue Sky

And we,
one before the sunrise
knelt here
Palms turned towards the promise of a new day
Hearts in hand
We
late nights
and loss.
Wait here. caught in hollow expansion
Of breath. syncopated heartbeat.
Pulse and pressure
This us.
Created in the quiet of expectations.
The moment it all
Made sense.
We were one before the sunrise and
She was created this first morning
A promise
Whispered into a city’s waking skyline
A
Wish cast like hope
Across raging rivers
We sat silent
Connected only by this prayer
And need
Not yet knowing that she would be bridge
a road across
Religion
And song
And culture
And possibility.
What the world could be.
One before the sunrise
She was just us
A medley of hues
Set
Beneath kinky careless sprout of curls
Face smooth
And full
She was us
The careful pout of my bottom lip
Stubborn and impossible,
Your chin
Proud and determined
Her eyes
Holding us in all our mahogany,
And sunflower blue
And endless, endless beauty
She was push and pull
The hope of more to come

Honest and clear
And full of promise
Like daybreak.
And we were one before the sunrise.
She sunset creation
Insured our awakening
Gave home to our restless spirits
Patient and waiting
To become flesh
What became of the music we made
The breeze ushering in a new day
What became of that sunflower span of blue sky
Of her
What became of us
That hope
light
that night
and daybreak
the sunrise
The skyline
The river
The dreams
That promise
The night
And daybreak
The promise
And daybreak
The possibility
And daybreak
Replaced with this new heartache
What became of us, love
When all that all we owed her
Was life

© Bassey


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