Beyoncé has a reputation of extreme greatness to uphold, and although she constantly outdoes herself with feats like taking over the VMAs and bearing a 2-year-old who can flawlessly execute all her mother's dance moves, now is certainly not the time for her to resort to being ordinary. So when she shot her spread for CR Fashion Book, she couldn't just do a formal interview to accompany the photos. In the immortal words of Destiny's Child, "No, no, no, no, no," because Beyoncé just doesn't work that way. In place of a typical celebrity/interviewer Q&A setup, Beyoncé wrote a poem — sort of. The words presented in "Bey the Light" definitely came from the mind of Beyoncé, but the arrangement of the words into stanzas should be credited to Forrest Gander, the man responsible for "remixing" her thoughts.
Even though the poem comes off a little disjointed, my hat's off to Gander because deciphering Beyoncé's thoughts and formulating them into a poem sounds like one hell of a job that comes with a lot of pressure. Most of the time, I can barely make sense of my own thoughts let alone those from another human mind. But because it's Beyoncé, I gave it an honest try.
Here's what I learned from Beyoncé's poem:
Sasha Fierce wasn't born yesterday.
Evidently, Sasha's been rocking with Bey well before she blossomed into a grown woman. She writes, "I learned at a very young age, when I need to tap some extra strength, to put my persona, Sasha, on stage."
Um... Sasha's presence isn't restricted to Bey's stage performances.
"Though we’re different as blue and red, I’m not afraid to draw from her in performance, rifts, even in bed." Way to make the most of your alter ego, Beyoncé.
Beyoncé might be psychic
Seriously, doesn't this sound like she has a sixth sense? "I’m turned to spirits, the emotions of others. And I feel her presence all the time though I never met my grandmother."
Blue Ivy is her muse
"It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse." Blue Ivy is too friggin' adorable. How could she not be her mother's muse?
Here's why some people call her "Beysus"
"You call me a singer, but I’m called to transform, to suck up the grief, anxiety, and loss of those who hear me into my song’s form."
She enjoys being a hot mess
OK, so she didn't exactly write that. But even though she claims she "woke up like this," she's not into perfection, and actually sees chaos as a good thing. In Beyoncé's words, "Utopias, they don’t much interest me. I always mess things up a bit. It’s chaos, in part, that helps us see."
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