march thirty one: #30poems30days #poetryprompt: finding direction in the hood

This poem was based on another prompt from poet Scott Woods on Twitter.  The prompt was “Geocaching in the hood”.  I used my own interpretation of that:

Poem:  GPS for the streets

never underestimate the homeless dude

sees all, hears all

and probably knows all the shortcuts


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march thirty one: #30poems30days – Easter Poem

Happy Easter (image from Google)

I wrote this poem based on a poetry prompt from poet Scott Woods who runs the Writers Block poetry group.  The prompt was “When an Easter egg hunt goes wrong”:

Easter at granddaddy’s house

adults hide $$ in plastic eggs

cousins become enemies

keep your eyes on the prize 

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march thirty one: #NationalPoetryMonth #ThrowbackThursday #OldSchool – Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Since it’s Thursday (Throw Back Thursday that is), here is one of my favorite poets and one of my favorite pieces of spoken word. It’s Gil Scott Heron’s, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.  #OldSchool #TBT

We lost him in May 2011, one of the pioneers of modern spoken word and performance. RIP Gil Scott Heron

From You Tube

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National Poetry Month – Late Start

So I’m getting a late start on this. In the spirit of National Poetry Month, I will once again, attempt to keep up with the Writer’s Digest Magazine Poem A Day Challenge (PAD)  I managed to do very well in 2012 and posted poems just about all of the 30 days of April, however 2013 I didn’t do as well and this year is turning out to be a challenge to keep up with the challenge. Today i s actually the first day I’ve had to post on my blog. So much poetry to write, so little time….. 

Day #1 Challenge (posted by poet Tracy Brimhall)

  1. Write a beginning poem. Today is the beginning of this challenge. It’s also the beginning of April. But there are so many other beginnings: Beginning of a relationship, beginning of school, beginning of the rest of your life, and so on. Pick a beginning to write about.
  2. Write an ending poem. Often, though not always, beginnings come as the result of an ending. Sometimes endings are cause for disappointment, heartbreak, or numbness. Other times, endings are celebrated. Capture an ending today.


My poem:

April One – a poem

Fools rush in
Jokes abound
Laughter comes
Then someone
Is embarrassed
This month
Full of rain showers
Begins as a mystery laden
Comedic driven
Reality show
Full of punchlines
And shenanigans
It’s a wonder any work gets done
Perhaps the boss
Will give us a day off
To lolligag
Roll on the floor and
Take naps on a whim
Daydreaming of beach filled days
And extra long vacation days
With pay

April Fools

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march thirty one: a poem for grand(mothers)

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I have been thinking a lot about my grandmothers lately and I felt compelled to write a mother’s day poem for them. And Happy Mother’s day to all mothers everywhere! That includes birth mothers, adopted mothers, aunties, grandmothers, sisters who play a mother’s role, and anyone who cares for someone in a maternal way!


lessons from my grandmothers


dear grandmothers


I miss you times two


grandma to the left


and grandma to the right




on the family tree


you both add value


to who I am


for you gave me


my mother


and my father


who had me


the offspring


of you


and it is on this day


that we honor mothers


and the mothers


of mothers


I honor you


my grandmothers


my wise apparents


who showed me how to


bake and sew


how to make water


out of wine


how to take loaves


and turn them into


a feast


you taught me


about beauty


inner and outer


how to take care


of loved ones


and how to


be love everyone






god fearing


in all actions




and words


I thank you


for existing


and I know


that heaven is a better place


with you


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march thirty one: #30poems30days, the last day of national poetry month, April 30

So, I’ve been totally off my game this year for National Poetry Month. I was doing so well at the beginning of the month when I had a lot of down time but towards the end of April, I just couldn’t keep up.  So, to round out the month, I want to eek out one last poem. This is an homage to graduating seniors everywhere. Congratulations graduates and here’s to the rest of your life.


finals week

heads hang low

books open

eyes glazed over

pajama pants

become your outfit

of choice

as you work

to cram

a semester’s worth

of information

into your head

with energy drinks

on tap

like happy hour

as you intake


like a patient

who needs

a blood transfusion

as anxiety builds

you realize


it’s all a crap shoot

unless you

keep calm


and do your best


in the end

it’s all about

how tough you are

and how these

past four years

of your life

will be

worth it

in the end

degree in hand

it’s over


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march thirty one: national haiku writing month, in honor of black history month

Because I fell behind with my daily postings, I have decided to put a little twist on this week. I have declared this week “Black Creativity Week” and In honor of the final week of Black History Month, I’m going to wrap up the last week of National Haiku Writing Month with some poems I previously shared with you. Enjoy!

Bonus: You get two poems


to entrepreneur

is to wish upon a star

American Dream


and on the last day

for twenty-eight days

we celebrate history

America lives


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