Teena Marie is not just a talented singer/songwriter/producer/musician. She is also a gifted creative writer. Over the years, she has expressed this side of her with her fans by sharing her poetry on several of her albums. Here are a few:
(All poetry on this page is © Teena Marie)
I come full circle mother
Ever wild and ever peaceful
City upon city piled high upon my back
Ten thousand years before Christ
I tilled this earth
and from me sprang poetry, astrology,
symmetry, and industrialization.
Mine was the first important work of
society. Since Day One I ruled Supreme.
I reigned my lands nobly and justly.
Loving my sons and
my daughters equally well.
I possess outer beauty coupled with
I have always been woman
and I have always been a backbone.
I have been called many names
by many peoples.
Athene, Dianna, Minerva, Hecate,
Quan Yin, Amaterasu. "But the
Egyptians which are
excellent in all kinds of ancient
knowledge do call me
by my true name, Queen Isis."
"From out of Africa I came." I gave my
angels charge over thee to keep
thee safe in the fruit of my womb,
I am Mary the mother of grace
and my smile will Light your
I am queen of the Nile.
The Lion and every living beast submit
to me, for I am the last word Momma,
and the true first wonder of the
I am a direct descendant
of the royal house of David, and the
tribe of Judah.
My blood is blue and my lineage
They can destroy my records, but
I keep coming back.
For I am a symbol of what will
For My Mother and Yours. Lady Tee
Life is pristinus and deep
A bordello and a shallow ovation
A phantasm, set somewhere between rhythm and rhyme
Tubular bells and the bottom line is
Reality is a clap of hands or a pat on the back, so few and
I am a saxophone solo, seductive and pure, resonant
I am upper suburbia and I am Venice Harlem.
I am one million and one contradictions to my
Lady Tee--imperfect happy me, loved and hated and I
Aah but I try.
I am the answer to a question asked -- where have
To and from Bali Hai and New Orleans --
Romantically I am the warrior and
And I can hang tough, even when
And you, you are a pure and
Your simplicity will quench the
Sweet chariot of humanity, you will never die.
Sweet children of Yahweh, you have made my
You and I are no more or less than each other --
small fragments of the master's imagination,
For it takes a million fragments to build
Eli -- you have placed me here in Sodom,
I have seen the blood of the prophets
Grant that I may save at least one
Alas! Alas! The great city, her
I have felt the pains of striving to be
free, no irons or screws to crush my thumbs
-- 'tis the ignorant thoughts of man that have
I have been persecuted and labeled just like you
Aah but you label Campbell's soup cans . . .
Alhumdulellah, Teena Marie
The Double Entrendres
The Nakedness that we
use as an action word
Can we categorize a
And is it possible that
Can not lay forever in
Where old wounds bleed
and scars never heal
With a child's heart, I
For the sensual sexuality
And the purity of
I drown in still waters
when Donny sings
I know heaven rocks
How can I ex-per-ess
What music has meant
makes me think of you
Always in time and how
the Primordial soup
Thickens when I say
That my world spins on
Just because I make my
living in the Land of
Does not lessen the
pain of the words I
There are equal parts
of joy and pain
In every note I sing
In every inflection of
The scale balances out
If not in my life then
perhaps in yours
"A million and one selfish
hearts and but one
Altruist too many"
If I loved you
In all of my lives madly
As you might have
If I gave you my essence
keeping nothing for
If I loved you so much
that I would even
When you wouldn't
To keep a sand of my
Or a capsule-as you
might have expected
Would that be enough-
In all "seriousity," I am
as the pillow talks
Loud and clear
There is something in
here for you
For I have seen you,
From Naked to the World, 1988.