The image

She saw an image of land quaking beneath their love-making

He said with a smile, “ravage you while the world burns.”

She said, “it would be a beautiful ending.”


Dived into those baptismal lips that pull love in

at the banks of Mississippi

He said, “Mmmhmm”

She nods silently profound

a conversation that’s been flowing for ages

needs nothing of physical words to continue on

The waters flow and spin

like starry nights above lovers combined

ravage you til the world ends

cause this love extends beyond space and time

Battle of Birmingham by Dudley Randall

(On the 1963 bombing of a church in Birmingham)
“Mother dear, may I go downtown
Instead of out to play,
And march the streets of Birmingham
In a Freedom March today?”
“No, baby, no, you may not go,
For the dogs are fierce and wild,
And clubs and hoses, guns and jails
Aren’t good for a little child.”
“But, mother, I won’t be alone.
Other children will go with me,
And march the streets of Birmingham
To make our country free.”
“No, baby, no, you may not go,
For I fear those guns will fire.
But you may go to church instead
And sing in the children’s choir.”
She has combed and brushed her night-dark hair,
And bathed rose petal sweet,
And drawn white gloves on her small brown hands,
And white shoes on her feet.
The mother smiled to know her child
Was in the sacred place,
But that smile was the last smile
To come upon her face.
For when she heard the explosion,
Her eyes grew wet and wild.
She raced through the streets of Birmingham
Calling for her child.
She clawed through bits of glass and brick,
Then lifted out a shoe.
“O, here’s the shoe my baby wore,
But, baby, where are you?”

Coulda Woulda Shoulda

See here it is so i’m coming clean with the truth

I really truly can’t escape my thoughts of you

wondering what might have could have… maybe even should have been…

watching you with someone else… knowing that it’s not my fault or yours

it’s just life and the circumstances that separate even those most connected

and we are only spirits in a physical world

limited vision… and inside our perception… we both felt assured

in our decisions…

only to find that it’s exactly what Mr. Frost said

about two roads

and as way leads on to way… years later we found our way

back round again… only to find here we now stand

face to face… yet divided… by walls of consequences…

and standing next to these fences

we easily see how much greener it really could have… would have…

maybe even should have been…

but all the coulda woulda shoulda’s in the world

can’t turn back the hands of time

so the message is right here…

open your eyes… and your mind… to hear his voice

when he whispers …

if you miss the sign when it’s posted clearly in your view

just remember… there is no “do-over” in life…

so when you get it, got it, and it’s good…

don’t question it like “maybe i’m too young… or maybe this aint the one

or I”m not through having my fun”

yea u know u’ve said it too…

cause trust you and they will soon be “on to the next one”

and singing years later about some

coulda woulda shoulda mess…

when if we’re just honest… we’d have no regrets…

hold on to love when u find love…

even when ir’s hard love… cause we all need love

you betta believe love… love will find you…

if you allow it too…


I’m the ex who

(originaly written Oct 8 2014)

see I’m the ex who hopes that the next captures you so profoundly

that you release me completely

… I open up the gate and wait for you to take flight …

and even though you clearly see your free to exit,

you find your way back, sit at my door step

… and … wait to see…

if anyone else comes by…

can your growl keep them away?

why put me in the position to push you,

and say these words again?

back then is then, this is now.

Which of these 2 kinds of love do you want?

When someone loves you for you & the connection you share with them, you’ll know it.

When people criticize your career choice, or your passions, when they don’t support or care to hear about your successes, they may love you as in they care about you and want you happy,

but do they really LOVE you in the way that love means accepting and understanding the person as they are. and even when you don’t fully “understand’ you at least appreciate the unique qualities and quirks of that person… THAT’S love

So yea, some people will love you and not be interested in the same things you are. and still genuinely love and nurture you.

But there’s a difference between the love that simply doesn’t want you to come to harm and the love that enjoys seeing happiness and excitement in your eyes and words… the love that really wants to know “what’s up” with full updates

The love that congratulates you warmly when you succeed, that hugs you lovingly when a challenge arises, the love that says “how can I help?” and whatever it is they have to offer, they’ll give

THE ONE THING I GOTTA CLOSE WITH IS… remember that before you can expect this love from others, you gotta give it to them too. If you give it, and they fail to give it back, then you know whom to fully support and whom not to. BUT if you don’t try to reach out now, you’ll never know.

It’s the people who learn to be present for others that gain the most in life.
We are as strong as our connections to others permits. If they are superficial and materialistic connections, you’re standing on thin ice.

Meanwhile those with warm connections can expect to live in a house of warmth and support no matter what comes their way.

I Told Myself …

(originally written Junne 18, 2012)

I told myself I’d find an answer…

cause these questions were never never never never gonna distract me …

not for long anyway…

so i bought and borrowed all the books i could find

and i borrowed moments of time

from elderly and young alike

cause i … well all i really wanted … was to understand…


like why did God really create man?

and where does a single individual like me fit inside this complex plan?

I searched the GPS and google maps to find my current location in his grand design…

but really… it’s more like I was legally blind


cause I had no perception of anything beyond the look on my face in youth…

and found that this moment of silence and calm

with eyes wide open and heart clear of any frustration…

this child of me, held the truth…


she smiled and said… seek ye the Kingdom and it will be given to you…

all the answers were within me and just the same for you

God’s plan is to guide you…

your fighting to find your own way is what’s really distracting you…

just breathe and find His hand in the space before you…

He will always be ready to show you the way…

Artists are here to disturb the peace

Artists are here to disturb the peace ~James Baldwin~

I’ve been told I’m too loud, too proud, inflated like balloons,

She said it was the passion of my Arab and African root that gave my spirit its boom

rocked her Western European sensibilities

she was French you see

And apparently, still holding on to the belief that

DNA overrides experience

Caught a flashback to racial experiments

They pushing us into petrie dishes the size of nations and continents

Dissecting our contents for their own personal understanding


I’ve been told that I’m too aggressive for femininity

Too sure Too demanding  Grandstanding

Advised to accept what’s given

with a smile…


While some other no better no greater Gains the right to walk freely into

any spaces they want to without aggressive retaliation and

no passive aggressive policies written to contain or restrict them

We, the artists, are the voices of the people

No need for church steeples

We are not sheeples

we are truly the essence of God people

Cause we’ve stripped away the restrictions they placed on our voices

they said “turn the other cheek is the way” and

be pious and meek and wait for the end days

they said God lives inside the church so

take a seat and eat what they feed

But God is omniscient, eternal, fire, energy, creator and eliminator of all things

there are no walls, fences, or distorted belief systems

that can contain Him

And we, His children, have come for our inheritance


They say we are too loud, too proud, too anything that means we dare sing

our own praises

they say we are too demanding, grandstanding, anything that means

we want a return to our freedom to demonstrate and live in our greatness

Ancient teachings, like I Ching, explain that all things

flow in evolutionary cycles

Reference the message inside Quran and Bibles

God’s people can never be contained forever

like volcanoes, we burn through man made borders and create


“The deeper they bury me, the louder my voice becomes”

~Herman Wallace~

Quotes on progress

Positivity is as positivity does… negative = subtracting and i’m trying to add something worthwhile to this world… are u with me?

u got a dream? I got one too… i’ll help u and u help me… then let’s call some more… it’s not just the power of 3… it’s the power of MANY … moving forward…

STAGNATION is a disease… and I’m not in it.