"For Colored Girls" Poems: Favorite Works from Tyler Perry's Tour de Force Film

Janet Jackson Stars in Perrys New Film For Colored Girls.

Like any moviegoer who saw Tyler Perrys For Colored Girls, I was immediately inspired to read the poems from the original play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange.

In the film, Perry seamlessly expands the plays poetic folk-monologues into a tour de force examination on how male violence silences and even dematerializes an already underrepresented female sphere. The film, however, is not just a vehicle to explore or strengthen feminist black identity but a work that connects with any woman that has been subverted and perverted in the gender hierarchy.

Below are my favorite poems from the play and film.

Janet Jackson brilliantly delivers this poem to her down low husband in the film.

one thing i dont need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i dont know what to do wit em
they dont open doors
or bring the sun back
they dont make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didnt nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
i loved you on purpose
i was open on purpose
i still crave vulnerability & close talk
& im not even sorry bout you bein sorry
you can carry all the guilt & grime ya wanna
just dont give it to me
i cant use another sorry
next time
you should admit
youre mean/ low-down/ triflin/ & no count straight out
steada bein sorry alla the time
enjoy bein yrself

After being driven nearly mad by the violence she suffers from the father of her children, Kimberly Elise rouses the films female characters towards renewal with three lines. I found God in myself And I loved her I loved her fiercely If you haven't seen "For Colored Girls," go see the inspiring film today! If you have seen it, did you love or hate how Perry worked with Shanges poetry? Let us know your favorite poetry picks and thoughts of the film in the comments below.
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