MILTON, Mass. (AP) – A poem written by 17-year-old Samantha Revelus, who police say was fatally stabbed by her brother on Saturday, speaks of a strong woman much like her friends described her. Revelus, who was of Haitian descent, had just returned from Milton High School, where she had rehearsed the poem, “Acquaintance,” and was to deliver it at a poetry jam on Thursday night.

Acquaintance



If by any chance you see that lady

With the round face,

Wide nose,

Deep brown eyes

Hair like wires curled up in a bun.

Pay close attention to her.

Notice her allure as she goes.

Simply, catch her attention before she knows.

Before any men cajole her with unreal vows.

If by any means you would want to identify her,

Speak of her not just as a woman of color,

But as a Creole marabou you won’t find around any corner.

If you would want to own her,

Show her your world in one dimension,

Teach her your method,

Arise from all lies and weak frauds.

Keep her high above,

Embrace with all your attention,

Not to mention your love and affection.

If not yet done,

Then love is worthless

And time will leave you heartless.

For she brings with her nothing but desires,

A home to welcome love and peace,

Which the heart requires.

Ignorant souls travel through her life,

With mud under their feet,

And thorns inducing cries of defeat.

But not one of them,

Not a single one of the filthy souls thought of

Reviving her.

So what lousy wind brought you here?

What values of you offer?

She’s a woman,

A queen,

A goddess,

Don’t treat her like any other.


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