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You

You are so unique

Just look at the way you think

Thoughts so unique and divine

You must think, are these all mine?

 

You are so special

Simply put, you’re exceptional

How did you do that?

Where did you learn that at?

 

Look how you can create

Is that an inherited trait?

Use those gifts

Don’t let them drift.

 

You really are one of kind

Do you mind

Taking a minute to celebrate

Your great fate?

 

What does your future hold?

Will your uniqueness be even more bold

How many people will you inspire

While following your own desires?

 

I can’t wait to see

All that you grow to be

I encourage that creative drive

That motivates you to strive

 

Shoot for the stars

They really aren’t far

Wake up to your dreams

Make that your theme

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Phillis Wheatley – Poetic

Poetic – relating to or used in poetry.

Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped from West Africa and enslaved. She became the first African American and one of the first women to publish a book of poems. After being educated by her owners, in 1767, she published her first poem and her first volumes of poems in 1773, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

This publishing made Wheatley the first African American and first U.S. slave to publish a book of poems. In 1776, Wheatley wrote a letter and poem in support of George Washington. He later replied with an invitation to visit him.

After the Wheatleys death, Phillis was forced to support herself as a seamstress and poet. She later married John Peters, whom she had three children with that all died young.  Her financial struggles made it hard for her to receive other publication. Many of her poems that would be used in her second volume of poetry disappeared and have yet to be recovered.

 

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Langston Hughes – Creative

img_0151Creative –  having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas

If you know me, you may know my love for Langston Hughes’ poetry. He reminds me to create with my words. And not just my words, but with my dreams. After all, being a dreamer is only wrong when you let it defer, right?

Due to his poetry, play writing, and novels regarding life as an African American, Langston Hughes was a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. He has created numerous poems highlighting the life and struggle of African Americans in the United States, as well as those of blue collar Americans and other minorities. As much as I want to write about Mr. Hughes I think it’s best I let you read his words for yourself. Enjoy.

I Dream A World

I dream a world where man

No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!

Democracy

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.

Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.

 

As you can see, I can’t help but feel the challenge to create when I read Langston Hughes’ work. Mr. Hughes, on behalf of everyone who has had the pleasure of reading your work, I salute your creativity. Thank you for inspiring us all to use our voice to speak truths for America while continuing to dream of a better day for us all.

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History

I am often amazed when I think about my great grandmother. She will be 91 soon, and obviously that’s amazing. And she’s a healthy 91. She has a great memory, she knows exactly who everyone is, and she can tell you about her childhood as well as the latest news if she needs to. She’s doing good. She’s a sure example that whatever they did when she was younger worked, seeing as the newer generations aren’t living that long, but generational differences I will save for another day.

One of the things that most impresses me about my great grandmother’s life is that she has lived through so much history. She’s seen women have more rights. She’s seen the first biracial president. She’s seen a woman run for president. She’s even seen her great great grandson and how much personality he has at only two years of age.

History. She’s lived it in almost every since that we tend to think of the word. And it’s so interesting to think that there were probably days that she had to give up her bus seat, and now she has a bus that comes to her house and picks her up. I can’t even imagine what it feels like to live the reality that you had always hoped and prayed.

And maybe she didn’t pray for it for herself, but for her children or her grandchildren. It must feel pretty good to not only see them live out that reality, but live it out right there with them. And that, I must say, is pretty cool.

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Dream Big

Dream big they say

But what if my dreams don’t go my way?

No dream is too big, but some are too small

Are there rules to it all?

 

I dream realistic

The kind that are easy to pick.

But that’s not dreaming I think

Because there is no risk that I might actually sink.

 

A dream should be bigger than you

Something that isn’t easy to do.

A dream that reminds you every day

That you accomplished something somehow, someway.

 

The best dreams are in God’s hands.

See, He actually knows the best plan.

And when I dream too small I see

How much of my dream depends on me.

 

Dream big, I now understand why it’s what they say

Because when I dream small, I get in my own way.

When I dream big, I have no other choice but to see

What only God can do through me.

 

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2017

2017

I welcome you and all that’s in between

A new year

Time to conquer new fears

Time to leave behind

The negativity that comes to mind.

 

A new day has begun

There is no time to run

Away from my dreams

I’m playing on the winning team

I’m blazing a new trail

And I fail, I fail.

 

But I won’t rest

Not until I’ve done my best

Not until I’ve given all that I’ve got

Not until I’m in the victor’s spot

Whoever said it can’t done

I’ll prove them wrong just for fun.

 

And even before the task is complete

I’ll thank God for allowing me to meet

Each day with His grace

That’s how I’m in the winner’s place

With the strength He provides

I can face any tide.

 

And when it’s all said and done

I’ll praise Him that I’ve won

I’ll give Him glory

For my success story

And when they ask me how could this be

I’ll tell them it’s God in me.

 

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Fearful not Afraid

It’s one thing to be fearful and another thing to be afraid. I think being fearful means that there is a certain uneasiness about a situation or thing. Not that you’re afraid of it, but that it isn’t ideal and might cause a level of discomfort.

To me, being afraid is allowing something to cause you to fear it to the point of not wanting to do it. You don’t just fear it and it’s outcome, but you fear the process and dread doing it, so you don’t do it.

So it is with our dreams. I think they we have some dreams that we’re fearful of and some that we’re simply afraid of. We’re a little fearful of the newness of the process, but excited about what is to come. Then there are those that we’re just afraid to try. We know they’ll bring change, we know they’ll bring more responsibility, and we know how different life will be and that scares us!

Lately, I’ve had to pray that God strengthen me for every goal and dream that is in accordance with His will. Ultimately, I’ve realized that I am fearful or afraid only when I see that I can’t accomplish things in my strength. Naturally (spiritually), that is true, because I can’t and I was never meant to.

My prayer is to be fearful but not afraid of my dreams. I want to be fearful of not being able to achieve my dreams in my own strength, but not afraid of them being done.

 

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