Monday, June 25, 2012

What Are You Reading This Month?

There is no friend as loyal as a book. - Ernest Hemingway
It’s summer time.  This is the time of the year I love reading, or devouring books!  As a child we went to the library in the summer time, joined summer reading programs, and could not wait until the second week or so of school to see who had read the most books in our new class, or who went to the library to see that our name had been added to the wall of achievers with all the gold stars next to it.  Do children still participate in such activities?
I’m reading three books, (see I told you, devour!) (And these don’t include the waiting list at the library) 1. J. California Cooper’s “Some People, Some Other Place”, 2. Joan Morgan’s “When Chicken Heads Come Home to Roost, A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down” and 3. Toni Morrison’s “Sula”. Let me tell you, I am in overdrive, riding on pure excitement right now! Powerful, powerful authors, who all have the extraordinary gift of capturing minds through thought provoking words, put to paper.
Allow your minds to go to another place and expand on life, if you will and read something this summer; get a magazine subscription, read a blog.  Just read!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Spoken Word.


If I Knew

If I knew the last time I saw your face that I was saying goodbye to you, I would have
Prayed with you my strongest prayer
You were to me my breath of fresher air
Smiled longer
Made our bond stronger
Touched you more
Watched you soar
Heard you laugh
Prepared myself on loves behalf
Sat with you
Till we got that breakthrough
Cried until I couldn’t cry anymore
Loved you beyond my deepest core
Talked until my throat was raw
There’s nothing close to being in your presence, Naw

If I knew the last time I saw your face that I was saying goodbye to you, I would have
Done anything to prolong the moment
Told my love, that for you, it could never lie dormant
Commanded that part of the brain called the temporal lobe
To play its most critical role
Would’ve made it store and retrieve memories, crystal-clear
Making memories of you and of us constantly and for a lifetime, reappear
Had I known that the last time I saw your face that I was saying goodbye to you
All of this and more, I would surely do. If I knew