The warm night air was fragrant The cool breeze softly blew Stars twinkled in a sky so clear. To a resting virgin servant A pure young maiden The angel Gabriel appeared. “Fear not, sweet young Mary God finds great favor in you. For to you a child shall be born. The holiest of infants A …

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before we lost everything our senses our humanity our purpose in life we read books and shared thoughts and discussed our differences we learned to acknowledge and tolerate the things that made us a beautiful mosaic created by blessed by loved by God the importance of what we are became the significance of what we …

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I take a knee in protest just as we would in prayer. But what do you want me to pray for? The very thing that I should be guaranteed, the very thing that was promised by birth? The commonality of us? How you are simply descendent from the ancestors you share with the cousins you …

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If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then we must be royalty the living and dining worthy of immortalizing forget the eggs, grits, biscuits and bacon (for now) don’t overindulge me when knowing exactly what I want has always gotten you what you want a quick break cinnamon bread toasted with just …

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Words are disharmonious to the tune of a flat out lie your talent for becoming that one thing Masters Guild Maestro with a penchant the beautiful misery each word sounding more untruthful than the next but we don’t say that do we? Who is to say what to believe when the truth is a hostage …

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Mezzo-piano. Night-soft lullabies, bed-time lyrics We’re making music chambered instrument soft, sexy, jazzy deep mellow sounds of the clarinet breathing harmony in me Ellington’s sound that penetrates and I taste the notes Making liquid music, so intoxicating That I drink music like sweet hot rum. I want to be the instrument. Something mellow, a bass …

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Anxiety ransomed me because of Nikki Giovanni I got a book once black girl, nappy-headed and shy unsure of my identity feeling like society’s mistress conveniently in the dark but pleasing so, I got a book a poetry book full of Nikki Giovanni’s poems, no scratch that full of Nikki Giovanni’s soul, and I fell …

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