A small book or pamphlet containing stories, poems, or religious tracts. Earliest documented use: 1824. This is my online chapbook, enjoy!
“My life is laughter personified, a place where sorrow can visit but not abide.”-Onleilove
“Pray or Worry BUT Don’t Do Both.”-50 CentWhen everything in life turns upside down, remember that you are in the hands of the Creator. Look to God, and you’ll always know which way is up.- Anonymous
“Ask yourself what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”- Howard Thurman
“Healing is a Choice”-New Life Ministries, “Love is a Choice”-Onleilove & “Freedom is a Choice”-Queen Quet
“You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty.”-Osho
“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” ~Zora Neale Hurston
“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” -Antonio Gramsci
Life is for living & LOVE is a choice!-Me
The Ancestors are Dancing in Harlem
The Ancestors are dancing in Harlem, I feel them, I see them, they are calling to us to make right what they left wrong and to manifest their destiny in this great city within a city. They are calling to us to drum, dance and love even when all seems dark, because the sun will always rise in the east and set in the west. The ancestors are dancing in Harlem and their dancing shoes are love & joy.-Onleilove
“It is harder to see than it is to express. The whole value of art rests in the artist’s ability to see well into what is before him.”-Robert Henri
“The pain of not creating is greater than the pain of creating.”-David Bayles & Ted Orland
how did the rose ever open it’s heart and give the world all of its beauty? it felt the encouragement of light against its being. otherwise we all remain too frightened.-Hafiz
Inspiration does exist, but it better find you working. – Picasso
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”-Albert Camus
The best style is the style you don’t notice. — Somerset Maugham
“I think some people would understand the quintessence of sanctifying grace if they could be black for about twenty-four hours.”-International Evangelist & Former Slave Amanda Smith
“You may not know it, but I am a princess in disguise. I am a child of the King.” -Evangelist Amanda Smith
“Glamour is profound. Glamour is saying: I want to be as beautiful as I can be -to myself first and then to anyone else who has enough sense to see” -Maya Angelou
“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”- Fannie Lou Hamer
“Truth is powerful and it prevails.”-Sojourner Truth
I believe in what Rev. William Sloan Coffin calls “a compassion that demands confrontation”.-Onleilove
“I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.“-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” -Marsha Norman
“The kingdom of God is like a young, slight man standing up to the tanks in Beijing on June 4th 1989, it appears foolish and illogical, but in the reality of eternity it is powerful beyond measure.“-Onleilove
“Certain things catch your eye, But pursue only those that capture your heart.”~ Native American Saying
The Black Woman by Marcus Mosiah Garvey [1887-1940]
Black queen of beauty, thou hast given color to the world!
Among other women thou art royal and the fairest!
Like the brightest of jewels in the regal diadem,
Shin’st thou, Goddess of Africa, Nature’s purest emblem!
Black men worship at thy virginal shrine of truest love,
Because in thine eyes are virtue’s steady and holy mark,
As we see in no other, clothed in silk or fine linen,
From ancient Venus, the Goddess, to mythical Helen.
When Africa stood at the head of the elder nations,
The Gods used to travel from foreign lands to look at thee
On couch of costly Eastern materials, all perfumed,
Reclined thee, as in thy path flow’rs were strewn-sweetest that bloomed.
Thy transcendent marvelous beauty made the whole world mad,
Bringing Solomon to tears as he viewed thy comeliness;
Anthony and the elder Ceasars wept at thy royal feet,
Preferring death than to leave thy presence, their foes to meet.
You, in all ages, have attracted the adoring world,
And caused many a bloody banner to be unfurled
You have sat upon exalted and lofty eminence,
To see a world fight in your ancient African defense.
Today you have been dethroned, through the weakness of your men,
While, in frenzy, those who of yore craved your smiles and your hand-
Those who were all monsters and could not with love approach you-
Have insulted your pride and now attack your good virtue.
Because of disunion you became mother of the world,
Giving tinge of robust color to five continents,
Making a greater world of millions of colored races,
Whose claim to beauty is reflected through our black faces.
From the handsome Indian to European brunette,
There is a claim for that credit of their sunny beauty
That no one can e’er to take from thee, 0 Queen of all women
Who have borne trials and troubles and racial burden.
Once more we shall, in Africa, fight and conquer for you,
Restoring the pearly crown that proud Queen Sheba did wear
Yea, it may mean blood, it may mean death; but still we shall fight,
Bearing our banners to Vict’ry, men of Africa’s might. Superior Angels look like you in Heaven above,For thou art fairest, queen of the seasons, queen of our love
No condition shall make us ever in life desert thee,
Sweet Goddess of the ever green land and placid blue sea.
–February 28, 1927
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou
Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.
When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.
If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be. -passed down from White Calf Women
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
I just want plain love.
With plain love they don’t look at each other.
Once found, like faith,
there’s an end to theologizing.
Tough as old boots, plain love is scrawny, sex-mad,
and has as many children as you can imagine.
It makes up for not speaking by doing.
It plants three-coloured kisses all around the house,
purple and white longings,
both the simple and the intense.
Plain love is good because it doesn’t grow old.
It concentrates on the essential, what glitters in its eyes is what is:
1 am man you are woman.
Plain love has no illusions,
what it does have is hope:
1 want that plain love.-Adelia Prado
Life is for Living and LOVE is a Choice!-Onleilove
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.-Psalm 27:13-14
“Why does the Black man say, ‘freedom is doing what I want to do!’ and why is it that every thing he ‘wants to do’ enriches the European?” – Dr. Amos Wilson
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.-Pablo Neruda
Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde
For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours:
For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.
And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive.
Such things as are hidden I learned and such as are plain; for Wisdom, the artificer of all, taught me. For in her is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique ” all-powerful, all-seeing, and pervading all spirits. ” she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity. For she is an aura of the might of God and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty; she is the refulgence of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of his goodness. And she, who is one, can do all things. And passing into holy souls from age to age, she produces friends of God and prophets. Indeed she reaches from end to end mightily and governs all things well. “Now with you [God] is Wisdom, who knows your works and was present when you made the world;” -Book of Wisdom Chapters 7-9