This is an oriki, mentioned in Luvvie Ajayi Jones’s book, Professional TroubleMaker the Fear-Fighter Manual. This birthday feels like an entire flex.

Jennifer Phylon of Houses Bush, Harris and Phoenix.
First of her name.
Daughter of royals-Richard and Bessie (Elizabeth).

Slayer of words.
Builder of worlds.
Alphabet magician.
Practitioner of Black Girl Magic
With Noir Pixie Dust.

Fire-breathing Mother of Dragons.
Burner of plantations.
Verbal devastator.
Wall scaler and breaker.

Freedom rider.
Visionary of the imaginary.
Purveyor of full pages.

May the crown
She has earned
Sit rightly and
Firmly on her head.

May grace and mercy
Follow her all
The days of her life.

May writer’s block
Be memory, losing neither
Place or pen.
May words flow like
Water; and hope be
The ink in her blood.

May this only be
The beginning of
Legacy, eternity and immortality.

Long may she reign.


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