I am honored to post this week’s guest on my website. I grew up literally with Elle Monee in church and have witnessed her blossom into a beautiful black woman. In the past I have always called on Elle Monee to recite her poetry at an event I was having or on my previous website for domestic violence survivors and victims. I simply admire her as a fellow writer and advocate for those who suffer from any social injustices and through being able to poetically speak to people. I am not a poet, and I really appreciate that creative genre of writers who can “play on words” but change lives, and that, is what I’m here for people!!!!
Below is a poem written by Elle Monee called The Lows, please connect with her and book her for your next event. Her contact information is in her bio following her poem.
It’s waking up when the sun is sleeping
Ashamed of yesterday
Fetal position in the middle of a mattress
Hopelessness in belly
Darkness, my old friend
Cause and cure,
Sugar lipped lover
Stockholm syndrome is me
Languished in these moments
Loving the lack of control with all my heart
Despite the fact that outside my room
The world moves
I hate it here
But this is the only safe something I’ve ever known.
I trust this pain
Exclusive only to us
We so foolishly wrapped up
That spectators watching from a distance
Can’t tell the difference.
This poem feels like betrayal
Like me exposing us
throws our tomorrows on the floor
Kicks her out of our love nest
And forces us both into this weird paradigm
Where all my pride is all I have
And maybe that’s necessary.
I love our life.
But our life ain’t living.
And all that’s special
Requires that she dies in me as often as she’s reborn
Cuz the life of a warrior is a lonely one
And, her love don’t make it no better.
Elle Monee is a poet and mental health advocate who inspires others to live openly and honestly with their diagnoses. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Monee’s childhood and young adult experiences accelerated the tumultuous nature of her Bipolar Disorder, causing her to being admitted into a mental health institution in 2015. After being released, she persevered through therapy and developmental changes that helped her achieve balance and subsequently restored her life. Inspired by her recovery, she founded Broken Crayonz, a movement that seeks to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness through social media outlets. Currently, she’s working on an autobiography that details her journey from her adolescent years through today. Her work can be found under the hashtag #BrokenCrayonz on Facebook. If you are interested in joining the Broken Crayonz community, are seeking to support or would like to book Elle Monee for an event, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.