Elana Nelson: The BGs

today for national poetry month we're featuring local musician & activist, Elana Nelson! Elana wanted to share a poem with us today, entitled The BGs (Black Girls), and will also be reading poetry at the Poetry Party on saturday (4/22) night! Elana's writing prompt gets right (write!) to the point:  what's that smell?!

The BGs: A Poem About Millennials

No, I don't want a hero

I need about five

I'm not shooting the shit

I'm trying to survive

I'm not losing a battle

I'm staying alive

I'm not grazing like cattle

I'm simply deprived

Your point isn't fucked up

It's simply contrived

I'm not trying to kill you

I'm staying alive

This bar is just rustic,

It isn't a dive

And I'm not singing pop

If I'm staying alive

 

Elana Patrice Nelson is a southern mother's worst nightmare and song writer from Oak Cliff TX. She's one of six middle children and an advocate for the mentally ill and homeless in Denton (and could be either of those things at any given point). She hardly travels because she is as stubborn as she is agoraphobic, and she also loves you.

 Elana Nelson at spiderweb salon @ 35 Denton | photo by courtney marie | 2016

Elana Nelson at spiderweb salon @ 35 Denton | photo by courtney marie | 2016