#30poems30days #podcast poem: 45 & adulting

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, march thirty one poetry: April 2nd. poem: 45 & adulting #nationalpoetrymonth https://anchor.fm/marchthirtyonepoetry/episodes/April-2nd–poem-45–adulting-nationalpoetrymonth-e3kbsm



#30daysofpoetry: Poem A Day Writing Prompt. April 1st. Theme: morning

Today kicks off National Poetry Month. It also kicks off my annual attempt to complete 30 poems this month by following the Writer’s Digest Poem A Day writing prompt challenge. Here we go!  Today’s theme: morning

Good morning 4/1/2019

Every day

I update my status with

Good morning,

Be Thankful,

Love Thy Neighbor,

Be Kind.


golden rule virtues

we are taught

as children

Somehow though

In our daily engagement

When we are busy pretending

To be adults,

We lose our childlike ability

To see others

As equal in how we

Love, forgive, and grow.

We become forgetful

Home training goes

out the window

And we often

don’t remember

To treat others

As just plain humans

And so it seems

the hardest ideals to keep

Throughout the day

Are those that show

Compassion and empathy

For difference

So at the end of the day

After morning has passed away

It’s our inward reflection

That will matter and determine

How we will plan ahead

For tomorrow.




by any means

by any means – a poem

I was a college student in 1992

Kent State historical in its own right for the shooting of four protestors exercising their first amendment

Malcolm X was also a man exercising his right to be black in America

1992, a movie premiere.

Three glorious hours about this leader who gave an alternative voice to a people, some of whom saw no end of the struggle in sight.

Then the Oscars roll around.

Spike Lee was played


Thank you for reading


harlem sweeties. my favorite poem. recited by Mos Def.

I was listening to NPR today and they were talking about the modern day take on poetry and they asked the panelists what was their first exposure to poetry. That got me to thinking about my first exposure to poetry and my favorite poet and poem. My absolute favorite poem on earth is a poem called Harlem Sweeties by Langston Hughes, my favorite poet.  I like it because it was my first exposure to someone actually giving homage to all of the colors of the brown rainbow that black women come in. I recently found this version of the poem being performed by the rapper Mos Def. Enjoy!


#National Poetry Monnth