“Anger is also Grief,” – Nelle Jones

By Nelle Jones • 


angry black girls

clenching desks with tight fists

holding their breath

a breeze passing through their hair

the pale hand of yet another ghost

angry black girls

the blacker the berry,

sweet blood from biting lips

holding one’s tongue

angry black girls

sitting on stoops braiding hair

summer was made for us and yet,

Double Dutch beats the concrete

beats like angry black mamas

scared black mamas

angry black girls

with all the patience in the world

tight lips hold back a torrent of would be words

how dare you

fuck you

anger is also grief


Nelle Jones is a Black poet, mother, and rootworker from the central coast of California.