life beyond the well…

Coming Back as a Black Woman


My aunt sent me this via email (she always sends me cute forwards when she’s at work, making me wonder if she REALLY has a job) and I really liked it, so I thought I’d post it here:


In a round table discussion about whether reincarnation was really possible, a financially struggling single woman said, “I want to come back as a rich white woman’s poodle that’s pampered and rides around all day in her luxury car.”

A tired waitress said, “I want to come back rich and make a lot of money and be a mega-super recording star”.

The frustrated computer tech said, “If I can come back, I want to be the President, so I can change a lot of things about this world near andfar.”

Another woman thought about it and said, “I don’t know if it’s possible, but if I can… God, please let me come back a BLACK WOMAN.

I want to come back with a mind fierce and sharp, with a spiritual faith that never waivers or doubts. With a smile that is warm, and a body divine – with honey, cinnamon or chocolate skin, draped in purple and gold. And, whether young or old, always have enough money so the words broke, layaway, overdue, or postdated check isn’t in MY vocabulary.

I want to be a sister to my sister.

A woman wise when choosing my mate or a date.

I want to be able to cook greens, barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, a peach cobbler and a lemon pound cake all at the same time.

I want to come back a BLACK WOMAN with self-esteem, worthy of being treated like a QUEEN by my King.

A woman with patience, love, and wisdom for children.

A BLACK WOMAN with subscriptions to Essence, Jet, Ebony, Black Enterprise, and the Wall Street Journal.

I want to come back a BLACK WOMAN with at least one great diamond from the Motherland on my finger.

I want to come back with the quiet courage of Rosa Parks,
the voice of Ella Fitzgerald,
the political courage of Ida B. Wells,
the determination of Harriet Tubman,
the spiritual poise of Susan L.Taylor,
the business savvy of Oprah Winfrey,
the eloquence of Dr. Maya Angelou,
and be the author of bestseller books like Iyanla Vanzant.

I want to come back as a BLACK WOMAN, who can stay focused on GOD regardless of the circumstances.

I want to be SAVED from the penalty of sin.

I want to never let what a person says or do change my demeanor.

I want to be humble, and to love and be loved unconditionally.

I want skin that is flawless and soft, eyes of discernment, and lips that speak ONLY the truth.

I want hands of gentleness and feet of prosperity.

I want to be a lawyer to enforce the laws which man has broken.

If reincarnation is real, please let me come back as a BLACK WOMAN!!!”


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

4 thoughts on “Coming Back as a Black Woman

  1. this poem makes me think of a commericials.

    “Be You. Obey Thirst. Black Woman.” or “Black Woman. It’s My Thang.” or “Black Woman. I’m Lovin’ It.”

  2. LOL…only you Gene…

    I felt so empowered…and now I feel so commercial.

  3. LoL Gene…

    reminds me of the Toyota ads in Essence during Black History Month or maybe those car commercials that come on BET or when Apollo or Soul Train is on!

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