They were


j u m p i n g



double dutch

they called it.

two skinny

black girls


with legs the

size of



and mouths

that could be

heard from one end

of the block

to the other


and I wondered


What it would be


to have

a sister.


Karamo Muchuri Sulieman

At age 61, I am a mature African American poet who has written several hundred poems and published at least 100 of them. I received Honorable Mention in the 1999 Mellen Poetry Contest, for a 100+ page poem entitled Black Roses. I have also published in numerous magazines; journals and anthologies; among them San Fernando Poetry Journal; International Society of Poets; American Academy of Poets; Noble House Poetry collections and others. I also have one published work entitled Seasons.


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