WHAT DID THAT BLACK OPRAH DRESS REPRESENT?

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

Jackie Blair

 That “O” Dress
Black Robe
styled from the 50’s
told Me I was powerful —
one of the most powerful women
on the planet —
if not THE most powerful —
My Anger, My Fury,
was justified —
In That Dress
I was The Black Jesus
ready to allow My Self
entrance
into a Mental Hospital
for The Sake of My Person (et al)
Beliefs

 I drank from a very large beaker
sweet Red Wine
called XOXOX
I crossed My Legs
and beat My Right Silver Slipper
into the evening air

 I wore gobs & gobs of silver
jewelry
— all that I owned —
but had the worth of one real estate transaction
under my belt
BOY WAS I MAD —
I shot off the centre
of My Tomato-coloured couch
& stomped around The House
heckling
cackling
&
swearing up
&
down

 I demanded to be taken out to…

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