“It was a loud cry
When I was brought to this world
Been loud ever since”
– Jill Scott
Writing poems and keeping journal since 1991, Jill Scott shares her personal poetry collection in The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours. Praised for her earthy, honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott explores all the flavors of life, love, and self.
I read this book when I was in college back in the mid-2000s, and it has stayed in my bookshelf longer than my Harry Potter series. No, for real, it has. Jill Scott is one of my favorite singers and songwriters. Her voice is soothing, powerful, and downright amazing. Her music always puts me in a good mood or makes me cry because my sis just knows how to hit those notes.
As I was cleaning my bookshelf, I revisited The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours and fell in love with it all over again. This book is a 5-part poetic journey that takes you to different stages of an emotional rollercoaster, with elements that serve as background or are part of the story told in each poem. Jill gives us haikus, poems that could be songs, and stories of her outer and inner world, with a hint of mystery. Her words are raw, defiant, and vulnerable; something that people hardly read about black women back then.
Although black women in the United States, and the rest of America, have been vocal through literature for years about their experiences, people still get surprised and/or amazed to know that a black woman actually…feels. It sounds stupid, it sounds disrespectful, and it is. Yet, we need to remember that this is something that women of all minorities, especially black women, face every day: the idea that they are not allowed to express what they feel without being labeled ‘angry’ or ‘too dramatic’, let alone show these feelings in a soft, but passionately deep way. This book was published in 2005, nearly 15 years ago; and its messages still are relevant today. Thou many may argue that Jill is no Nikki Giovanni or Alice Walker, meaning that they dedicate their lives to literature, I dare them to put Scott alongside these amazing writers because of her ability to write with a soulful flow and honesty; traits that should always be used to describe a black woman’s emotional expression.