Maya Angelou & The National Underground Railroad Museum

After hearing Maya Angelou speak this morning at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio I visited the National Underground Railroad Museum & Freedom Center and it was a powerful experience. Pay special attention to the Haunted Slave Poem because it was written in the 1800′s and shows the power of poetry to transform society. I hope these photographs inspire you all!

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I Won The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Thanks to LyannV I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! This is my first blogging award and I am grateful for the recognition. When you are nominated for the award you have to:

1. Post the award image

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Poetry Challenge Day 30: The New Jim Crow

Today is the last day of my 30 Day Poetry Challenge! I can’t believe I am done. Today I am in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference
which is convening thousands of child advocates, faith leaders, Social Workers, community organizers and activist to build a movement to protect children in our country. This morning at 6:00am young leaders convened outside the convention center for a time of silent reflection on African-Americans, especially young men in the prison system. What many may not know is that the U.S. has the largest prison population in the world and it is overwhelming inhabited Black men. Author Michelle Alexander calls this phenomena the New Jim  because many of these men were led to prison due to economic and racial circumstances. After getting out of prison most ex-offenders lose voting rights and can’t get jobs which means they are basically a separate class. The poem below was inspired by poems I read this morning that were written by young people in prison, their poems touched me and reminded me that I was born and raised in one of the 12 communities in NYC that sends the most people in the state to prison. To read my poetic reflection:

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Poetry Challenge Day 29:Write my Love Across the Sky

Write my love across the sky,

when you see tears of joy fall  from my eye.

With pens  of joy, hope and light write my love for all to see.

My love is imperfect,

but the image it was made in is not.

Love is not if it is hidden within the heart.

Why must we hold divine truth within ourselves

due to pride, ego and “propriety”.

I will not hide Love within my heart,

though foolish I may seem,

so write my love across the sky for all to see.

GelGems (I love them) on train.

GelGems (I love them) on train. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Poetry Challenge Day 28: The Awakening

Crisis, chaos, hope deferred.

Shooting, Occupations, debts

defaulting.

Hate speech, suicides, domino effects.

Spiritual not religious,

seekers are now finding.

Questions that were mysteries are now
being answered.

Soulmates, twin flames, cosmic
connections.

Love, Joy, Healing, Hope restored.

The Caterpillars and Phoenix are rising

into a new birth.

A revolutionary seed is now coming into
full bloom.

The divine alarm clock says it’s time.

The Awakening is happening.

Are you asleep?

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Poetry Challenge Day 27: When the Storm Arrives

When the storm arrives where will you
be?

Where will you turn for shelter?

Who’s Arms will protect you from the wind?

When lightening strikes will you see?

We dance in the sunshine but can’t
withstand the rain.

Life is invigorated by the sun,

yes this is true,

but without the rain to cleanse us we can never be born anew.

When the storm winds blow will you

stand strong?

Or topple like the houses you’ve built with vanities.

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Poetry Challenge Day 27: A Warm Whisper

A warm whisper.

A gentle caress.

Assurance that greatness can come from gentleness.

Exhaling self doubt,

Inhaling self love.

We rest in the knowledge that light has drawn us together,

and the depths of hell can not tear us apart.

Through sickness, pain and rain,

our joy is full because our love was built on the solid rock of divine timing.

Poetry Challenge Day 26: Travelin’ Shoes

Lord if I leave it all to go travelin’

will I find you on the journey?

Will you walk beside me unseen,

until you reveal myself to me?

Sometimes I want to walk towards

the setting sun until I fall off the horizon.

If I fall will you catch me, in the arms of

eternity?

Who can travel with me who won’t

take me off my divine path?

My road map is crumpled and dusty.

My feet are blistered and tired.

Yet I want to run not walk on this

journey.

I want to travel and encounter your

image in all I see.

If I go traveling’, journeying and dancing

spirit will you lead me to my

destination?

Will you be the compassionate

compass that wraps me in Love?

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Poetry Challenge Day 25: Scarlet

Deep, dark and bright all at the same time.

Love and hate coexist together.

How can passion turn into sorrow?

How can love turn into pain.

Who knows the interior of the heart,

When it is deceitful above all things.

Scarlet passion/scarlet hate,

A thin line between LOVE & HATE.

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Photo by Scarlet Dee

Poetry Challenge Day 24: SOULar Power

The rays hit her face,

warm power that invigorates.

Darkening her skin and empowering her soul.

Communication that’s beyond words- soulforce.

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