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Revolution – A Poem

This is the last poem I will share from my book published in 1974. I think it is appropriate for the state of the world today. It is sad to see that even in the 21st century with unbelievable advances in technology and science, human beings continue to handle disagreements with violence, continue to believe […]

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Free Write Friday – Serendipity

Friday has now become my favorite day of the week because of these inspiring prompts provided by Kellie Elmore This time her prompt led to the following short story or is it flash fiction? Serendipity Her name was Serendipity and she loved to hear her father ring the syllables out like a song Ser-en-di-pi-ty, his voice […]

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Angela Davis and I – Poetry, Cinema, and Social Justice

1970, Professor Angela Davis and myself, a college freshman; Angela in the 80s our second meeting; Angela in 2012 at the Toronto Film Festival.——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Angela My conscience commissions me/to take pen and paper/and give meaning to the meaningless word./Your silence castrates me./Day dawns but I am weary/the pages empty, the hours wasted./What is your glory […]

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Free Write Friday

Thanks to Sean Bidd  for introducing me to kellieelmore.com-free-write-friday-lyric-prompt/ This is my first time with this free writing, I look forward to more. The prompt is in quotes, my writing follows. “Oh yea, they say ‘life goes on’ long after the thrill of living is gone.” So the Buddhist says, the thrill of living is but […]

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I Am That We May Be

Illustration of book cover drawn by me The poems that I have posted the past couple of weeks were first published in 1974 in my book of poetry, I Am That We May Be. I used the Swahili name, Damali, which meant a beautiful vision, explained in my introduction: “Poems are visions to be shared […]

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Review of Illimitable Beauty

Originally posted on 85 Degrees:
It could have been dismissed as forgetfulness or wasteful thinking but Jewel, a science teacher, is not taking this particular feeling lightly. Not even the sceptical remark of her close girlfriend, Diane, is able to dissuade her from paying attention to this ‘out-of-body’ experience. The more her mind seesaws from her…

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Review Offer for Kindle Single Authors

Fellow WordPress authors, I know you are out there with your published Kindle Single seeking reviews and readers. I, too, have published a Kindle Single, Illimitable Beauty, and my friends who can read or review it, do not have Kindles, so can’t purchase from Amazon to write reviews. I just listened to a webinar that […]

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Another Poem about Washington, DC

I walked down Euclid Street, in Northwest Washington, DC, a black neighborhood of working class families in the 1970’s many times.  Now it is a very upscale street with ultra-modern apartments and condos priced from $300,000 to $900,000 dollars. So, this poem, I wrote in the seventies, is dedicated to those families that made this […]

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Three Poems for Celebration

Tomorrow this country officially celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe, if he was still alive, he would say, do not celebrate me, I just did my work as a minister. Celebrate this country’s achievement for removing racist laws. Celebrate the descendants of the sons and daughters of Africa who continue […]

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Reader Appreciation Award

Thanks again to Uzoma for nominating me for this award. It’s an especially meaningful award, because it recognizes those who comment regularly on my blogs. Uzoma is a very talented poet and short story writer, do check him out –  Uzoma.  Here are the rules for this award:  Assign your top 5 bloggers who have […]

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