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Lady in Red / Now Lady in Grey
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This piece is a response to For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange


            Lady in Red / Now Lady in Grey

Somebody tried to walk off with all of your stuff/

That man dragging his daddy’s leather briefcase/like he hasn’t grown

into it/

He walked up on you smelling like aftershave and old pennies/ 

He asked/demanded/ for your place/spraying spit like a python/

But what you have he could never buy/or steal/ or colonize/


He could never drill your oil/not unless you gave it away/like I did/

He hopped the fence to my garden/stole my parsley and greens/

Because I invited him through/

Now I am barren and salted/smoking roaches/over a pot roast/

Waiting up for my grey man to come home/

While he’s trying to steal your stuff/

Tired of his dry old lady/You’re a ripe apple hanging from heaven’s branches

for his/

python eyes…/

Hold on to your stuff Miss Green.

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Raine Neely, Contributor
Raine Neely is a sophomore undergraduate student of Classics and Art History from Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite things are Shetland Sheepdogs, cappuccinos, and The Roman Empire. She has enjoyed creative writing since she was nine years old, and her dream is to be an author and live in a cottage in Tuscany. She enjoys collecting miniature fox figurines and walking in the rain barefoot.

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