Flose speaks at Sun-Sentinel Sponsored THRIVE event

Haitian-born poet, public speaker, and spoken-word artist Flose Boursiquot spoke at the Sun-Sentinel newspaper’s THRIVE event on Saturday, August 4th. The event took place at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale ahead of THRIVE’s wellness retreat scheduled to take place in October with a special appearance from Keynote Speakers, Bill & Giuliana Rancic.

Flose read select poems from both of her collections, Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe (2017) + loudmouth (2018). Among audience favorites, was a piece titled Mama’s Hands which detailed the relationship Flose has with her mother and the unique relationship both women have with hair.

Before sharing a piece written after Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist whose organization Flose is partnering with this fall, Flose took a survey of the room. “Raise your hand if you know who Malala is,” she asked the audience. Though most hands went up, there were a few who did not. Flose took the opportunity to detail Malala’s efforts in Pakistan before the Taliban shot her at age 15 and explained to the audience why the 21-year old Nobel Peace Prize winner is her role model. She then went on to perform March On Sister with gripping emotion.

To close out, Flose shared an empowering piece about uplifting women titled I am “Giant Woman.” from loudmouth, her second collection.

Flose credits her success to saying no to fear more than two years ago and making the decision to finally self-publish her first collection; something she wanted to do for more than five years.

Keep up with Flose through her bookings page and purchase her work on Amazon, at The Book Cellar in Lake Worth, Poetic Justice Books & Arts in Port St. Lucie, and in select Barnes & Noble stores.

Voice

I have a voice!

you cannot silence me
my feet burn through the pavement and leave enough dust
for my grandchildren to make clay pots
the thoughts that travel through my mind leave textbook pages ashamed

you cannot silence me
my boot straps awaken the Black Panthers and take notes from Malcolm X
I know what it means to starve
a physical pain that engulfs your intellect and spirit

you cannot silence me
I am a young Nikki Giovanni with words so freeing notebook pages fling their legs open when i peek at them with a side eye
master’s grandchildren stand miles away when air escapes my lungs and thoughts juxtapose that of W.E.B. DuBois

you cannot silence me
i am not a mindless crab in a bucket
i refuse
yes, i refuse to step over the hands and feet of my people
we are intertwined like the molecules in our bodies

you cannot silence me
my children will not wake up caved in by debt, miseducation and fear
they will know that beauty doesn’t solely lie in blue eyes
and that wealth isn’t manufactured green on trees

you cannot silence me
my ancestors taught me how to read a map
they left blueprints imprinted in my DNA
if I ever lose my way, i look in the mirror
touch my wide nose
feel my naps
embrace my brown skin
and i find my way

you cannot silence me
death does not scare me
i welcome heavy words sung by my kings and queens on the block
they are reminders of journeys taken so i can stand here today

you cannot silence me
my back may weaken
but my boots will carry
my brothers and sisters will lift me

you cannot silence me
because with every step i will roar
we will roar
arm-in-arm, a destiny will be set
and we will achieve

Flose Boursiquot: https://www.amazon.com/Close-Your-Eyes-Now-Breathe/dp/1540783790

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