Peel Street Poetry / December 2015 (Issue 30)


by Keisha Siriboe

I am patiently waiting on life to show me what Grand Plan is in store
Explain how I've come so far
Yet feel stagnate
I'm patient
I'm patiently pretending that I'm patient
I'm patiently pretending that I'm satisfied with what I have
When I want sooo much more.

I want the standard kit of accomplishment
You know that corny shit
Give me a house, husband, 2.5 kids and a dog
White picket fence and Manolo Blahniks in my closet
Louis Vuitton bags at the door
Give me security in my professional endeavours
Let me walk into a room with the nicest business cards
I need a website that kicks ass and then sends tweets about it
I need videos that go viral within 20 minutes
I need to be on Black Twitter like yesterday!

Today, I am patiently waiting for all this to happen
I'm walking school halls
I'm patiently writing papers
I'm stringing words together on laptops
I'm sitting in coffee shops trying to think of ways to reach children that can't speak for themselves
See I'm more than just a Poet
I'm an Academic
I'm a Researcher
I patiently string words together and try to make that shit turn into dollars
For people who don't have the time to get their lines
In front of people who have power
See I'm a representative and I'm patiently waiting at HKU
Doing the best that I can do for you, You, and YOU
Stringing words together
Patiently waiting on my time.

 "Patience" is the Winner of Peel Street Poetry's Slam Poetry Contest 2015. About Keisha Siriboe: Keisha Le'Maya Siriboe is a passionate educator, researcher, and founder of the social enterprise Stories of Us. Born and raised in the United States, she obtained a BA in Cultural Studies from the University of Nebraska. Then moved to China where she received a MA in Comparative Education from Beijing Normal University. Keisha is currently a PhD candidate within the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. Keisha is the first in her family to graduate from college and her poetry is inspired by the rich experiences life has, and continues to, bestow upon her. [Read more about Peel Street Poetry] [Back to Peel Street Poetry poems]
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