Nejma | Nayyirah Waheed

Share via
1 share
CoSchedule - The #1 Marketing Calendar
CoSchedule - The #1 Marketing Calendar

This beautiful poetry collection uses lovely, small details that are super specific. This is not too often seen in poetry so this level of detail is more common to prose. She also uses a strange use of punctuation that has the potential to be disruptive, but, the combination of the over-punctuation and the absence of capital letters, recreates a sense of continuity that punctuation usually interrupts.

I feel inspired to write a new poem using the lines I so loved from this collection to make something new. All of Waheed’s words will remain in quotes so as to tell the difference from my additions and her original contributions. I have gleaned knowledge and understanding from her words and look forward to reviewing all of her poetry collections as she brings them into this world.

“you smell like love.”

rotten in its center, sweet on its skin

“i wanted the wanting.”

for I am a flood in your hands

“there is no healthier drug than creativity.”

so I “let the poems have you.”

“the words. they are in love with you.”

in a way I cannot be. in a way I cannot be.

for you are not freedom.

“when words take off their clothes. for me. so i can write. them exactly. as they are.”

I see you. as you are.

“you are a different grief.”

and I throw myself upon your suffering

I’ve always wanted the wanting.

“all the women. in me. are tired.”

of being. poetry. for you.

these words. they cannot. love you.

“i will always be a translation.”

you will never understand

“the way a poem bleaches everything the color of itself.”

you cannot. be. the color. of. beautiful.

you are not

“the kind of love that loves a writer when they cannot write.”

“rub me down with pure ocean.

i walk into a poem and walk out someone else.”

i will always be a translation

i am mine. before i am ever your poetry.

“i want to keep our body above water. you want to make us a fish.”


sang. and threw ourselves against the walls. against each other. and hid. and caved. and opened. and tossed ourselves into work. and danced. and shrank. and closed. and ate. and bled. and held on. and ignored. and accepted. and lied. and laughed. and created. and undid. and drank. and drugged. and loved something. someone. somewhere. ourselves. fiercer. and hated. something. someone. somewhere. ourselves. fiercer. and swam. and rejected. and yearned. and distanced. and clawed. and touched. and some of us will disown you. because you hurt too much. some of us will have to say your name for a year. before we are able to sleep.

i must. grieve. so that you can be free to feel something else.

you are not.

poetry. I am not.


 -Lori Jenessa Nelson

Find  nayyirah waheed.

Like it? Share with your friends!

Share via
1 share


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Affiliate Disclosure: I am grateful to be of service and bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases I will receive a referral commission. Your support in purchasing through these links enables me to keep my design and customization prices ridiculously low and empower more people worldwide to blog with less worry and less hassle. Thank you! :)
Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
The Classic Internet Listicles
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Youtube and Vimeo Embeds
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Photo or GIF
GIF format
Read and write with us.
You are not alone in this world of writing. Keep up with new inspiration and writing exercises from our team to help you on your way to becoming a writer. Bond with us over books and reading.
Subscribe Now.
Sign up to get notified of FREE ebook downloads every week. It's the best way to get sucked into a new book series or discover a new author to love.
Your Email
Need to write more poetry?
Take our 100 days, 100 poems challenge! We will send you one poetry writing exercise right to your mailbox every day for 100 days! So no slacking and no excuses. Sign up now to start receiving writing exercises soon.
Your Email
You need to write more poetry.
Take our 100 days, 100 poems challenge! We will send you one poetry writing exercise right to your mailbox every day for 100 days! So no slacking and no excuses. Sign up now to start receiving writing exercises soon.
Your Email
Being a blogger is hard. Sharing helps make sure I can keep pumping out awesome posts. Thank you!
Share before you go!
Hey there! Sign up for my newsletter to support An Inexhaustible Magic and unlock the rest of this banging post. <3
This Content Is Locked
Keep Up With An Inexhaustible Magic on Facebook