I’m A Fool To Love You – Cornelius Eady

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There are poems that make you want to talk back to them and hold a conversation to make things different or agree that they’re the same.  I’m a Fool To Love You by Cornelius Eady is one of those poems.  First, I love the Blues—the give it to me straight, no chaser Blues.  Mr. Eady lets me know about 10 lines into this poem that the only way he can tell this story is to use the language of the Blues.  Religious or not, he makes me want to say “Amen!”

He talks about the choices his mom (a young black woman in the poem) and other women sometimes make when he speaks of “a strange and sometimes cruel gentleman” or a woman’s willingness to embrace a half a glass of water wholeheartedly because she’s been surviving on a tablespoon.  When you’re in the desert of internalized oppression, the half a glass of water sure looks good; the slight taint of cyanide is a small price to pay for the cool drink.  For me, I’m A Fool… goes on to say that “the Blues” is really about predestined fate—”a stacked deck”—where the odds are far from the winner’s circle.  Mr. Eady’s use of personification makes “the Blues” into someone I know who is the very essence of love gone awry.  I’m A Fool to Love You is a reminder that love just is…Be it fair or unjust, IT JUST IS!

As always, stay with Sharon and The Write Talk and let me know what this poem means to you.  Talk to you soon!

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About sharonsbooks

I am a practical and contemporary urban writer who focuses on readers/participants who are high school age youth and adults. Although I currently write fiction and poetry, I am inspired to write about social and political issues in the sometimes subtle and other times blatant way that they are present in our everyday lives. I love humor and I strive to expand the thought process and create positive change. I realize today, in the scheme of things, that I know only a little. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t share what I’ve learned as I continue to develop my own growth process. In all my writings, I’ve always sought to convey a message from my spiritual center. This keeps me broad-minded regarding diversity and a willingness to learn from anyone and everyone.
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One Response to I’m A Fool To Love You – Cornelius Eady

  1. Thank you, Sharon…I feel like I’ve read this poem by your description!

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