Take one pint of water, add a half pound of sugar, the juice of eight lemons, the zest of half a lemon. Pour the water from one jug then into the other several times. Strain through a clean napkin.
Grandmother, the alchemist, you spun gold out of this hard life, conjured beauty from the things left behind. Found healing where it did not live. Discovered the antidote in your own kit. Broke the curse with your own two hands. You passed these instructions down to your daughter who then passed it down to her daughter.
I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade. My grandma said “Nothing real can be threatened.” True love brought salvation back into me. With every tear came redemption and my torturers became my remedy. So we’re gonna heal. We’re gonna start again. You’ve brought the orchestra, synchronized swimmers.
You’re the magician. Pull me back together again, the way you cut me in half. Make the woman in doubt disappear. Pull the sorrow from between my legs like silk. Knot after knot after knot. The audience applauds … but we can’t hear them.
Warsan Shire /Beyonce Lemonade.
Ppl are dissing Beyonce over her use of the poetry, saying that there is no way that these were her words. But the Visual album is one of many (because thats what artists do) where artists worked together. Warsan Shire wrote the poetry. Beyonce gave it a voice or perhaps Warsan’s poetry gave Beyonce a voice. A way, to express the pain, the love the Redemption that she knew.
What are your thoughts on Beyonce’s new visual Album “Lemonade”?