“THANK YOU” by Shameka Cunningham




this a poem

for listening to all my

moaning/groaning and don’t wanna-wanna

the grind can make you forget-just how fun life can be.

some poems don’t require introductions

they show up

from behind the eyelid

between black white tears

they don’t beg

or push

they come





the life friends

who always seems to walk in/side by side our words

some poems be that badass

and sometimes

i can’t seem to tell the difference

between friendship and poetry

so forgive me friend in advance

if i ever introduce you as poem

or i apologize to poetry if i mistake it as a friend

but I’m so sure

forgiveness is redundant

and introductions are never required.

Shameka Cunningham

Foto by L. K. Thayer

© 2011


  1. lkthayer · March 15, 2011

    Shameka I adore this poem! Such freedom & power & whimsy in your writing, it’s very magical & musical…welcome to The Juice Bar! – Lisa 🙂

  2. Roz Levine · March 15, 2011

    Shameka, what a great rhythm to this poem! It looks terrific on the page, too. Welcome aboard to this site. I hope to see many more of your poem/friends here.

  3. Shameka · March 16, 2011

    Thank you Lisa. What a perfect picture. This is such a wonderful site. Thank you for your words. Glad to be here at the Juice Bar.
    @Roz-Thank for the great welcome. I’m glad you like the poem.

    • lkthayer · March 17, 2011

      Thanks Shameka, a pleasure to squeeze you! 🙂

  4. kay · March 21, 2011

    Absolutely fabulous. Love it.

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