A Choreopoem written by Janiese Wesley
Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t. Author unknown
Bitter Women Chronicles: Volume 1 began the moment I went into Social Services four years ago. One evening I grabbed a notebook and pen and wrote down the thoughts I heard in my head. The women I’d seen in my dreams became real every day women I worked with. Many come from different walks of life.As I jotted down my thoughts, It didn’t matter how much education they had, if they had kids, were married, single, poor, rich, or middle class. What they all had in common was: They’re all women. My words flowed like rain on a cloudy cold day. In my line of work, I see many wonderful women who are scared, lonely, uninformed and bitter.
Each woman told me their story, and I wrote it down. No, they aren’t real women, but the stories represent real women around this world. Jasmine the Pole Dancer, and a Girl Anywhere in the USA were born in the journey of this work. These two poems starts the Bitter Women Chronicles: Volume 1. I’d like to mention that I first heard the phrase, “Choreopoem, ” from Ntozake Shange. The author of, “For Colored Girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enough.” Thus, I decided to follow in her footsteps and create poems that come to life. I want the stories to jump off of the page into your souls just like they did mine. Each woman is apart of me.
Their message speaks loud and clear, “Can someone please help me? ” As the story unfolds through poetry, song, and dance their struggle is written by me to you. The poem, “Cinnamon: Walmart Employee ” came from the fact that many homeless people try to get ahead, but life reminds them that they’re poor.Life reminds them that they don’t have what it takes to make it. Cinnamon is a single mom with children who needs money to pay rent, utilities and keep food in her kids mouths. Cinnamon is poor, uninformed and bitter. Society is cruel and reminds her that she isn’t good enough. These poems shows how misogyny is alive in 2016.
This work is organic and fluid. As I write, I’m learning more about these women. The character Mama Grey reminded me of the older women I grew up knowing as a little girl. I feel, that older women need to go back and teach our younger women how to parent, work keep jobs, housing, and clean house. I realize that some may see this analogy as being outdated. I understand that not everyone can teach and mentor, but those of us that can please do so.
There are more characters in this Choreopoem, however, they’re under construction. I know that, this topic is controversial, and it may receive backlashes. If that happens, I’m alright with disagreements, and opinions. I am a strong advocate for women and children. These poems are the hidden secrets that no one wants to talk about. It’s my hope that it’ll spark enough dialogue that will change our perspective about how we view life. As well as, who are we doing life with. I want to help make a difference in the world we live in.
Thanks Be Blessed