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Quote: “Poetry is not…” 

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.

— Allen Ginsberg

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Poem: “Don’t boogie down”

I don’t want to go low.

So low that I reach your level.

So low that I lose myself.

I don’t want to boogie down your way.

Or, hear what you have to say now.

Now

Now

Now that the dust has settled,

I’m so glad I didn’t boogie down your way.

 

 

Penned July 4, 2015
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Poem: “Bffs? I think not!!”

Who is this…?
Riding my coat tail
Won’t leave me alone
Must want me insane
Don’t speak my name

What is this…?
Bringing me to my knees
Pain all over me
Even hurts to breathe
I need a reprieve

Why is this…?
My lot in life
Over run with strife
Just can’t get right
All the fuss I fight

How did this…?
Come to be
That STRESS is here
Perturbing me
Hanging around….

But, it’s NO Bff to me!

Penned June 17, 2016
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Poem: “Strong Black Woman: Love-Hate Relationship”

Strong Black Woman.

I both loathe and love her.

On one hand, I want to debunk myths and extol the beauty of her vulnerability.

On the other, I want to summons her energy, power, strength, and virtue when I am weak and afraid.

What, then, can I say?

The real goal is balance.

BALANCE…

of masculinity and femininity.

of self-care and other-care.

of independence and interdependence.

And many more dichotomies.

Above all, I would rather others see in me the qualities indicative of a Balanced Black Woman.

(Penned July 1, 2015)
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Poem: “I really do”

I wish you happiness.

I really do.

I wish you joy that’s unspeakable.

I really do.

I wish you love that’s genuinely, sacrificially unconditional.

I really do.

I wish you ease in returning that same kind of love to your partner.

I really do.

I wish you prosperity of heart and spirit that overflows.

I really do.

I wish you success in finding all the things I could not do or be for you.

I really do.

Why?

How?

Because I no longer wish for things like this.

Now I possess great love, joy, and happiness, and they have freed me.

Freed me to the Point of NO Return to the pain, regrets, stress, and bitterness of the past.

See when I wish you the best, it’s with the utmost sincerity.

I wish you the best in all you are AND in all you do.

I really do.

(Penned August 13 2016)