Short stories/Poetry

Phones in Bed

On the far side of the bed you scroll through your phone with a thin grin curled up on your mouth. The same mouth that used to talk to me about everything; The same smile I caught watching me while I slept; The same one that watched me undress. Your screen, very bright on your […]

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Short stories/Poetry

On My Mind

Thoughts tamped down, but pushing up and swirling in a tunnel; Restless pacing but nowhere to go Wandering in a wilderness pregnant with a message. Congregation: one No one else hears No one else knows. When I go in labor, will there be no room for me in the inn? I will give my baby […]

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Short stories/Poetry

Africa in Your Veins

“Why can’t you accept me for who I am?” I said to Nana. “Africa may be my origin but She is not me. Africa birthed me, America raised me; It’s not about where I come from, It’s where I’m at.” Nana answered, fire in her eyes, “But child, You got Africa in your veins, Let […]

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Voices of My Sisters

Letter to My Children

Dear children, I hope when you read this you will understand how life is filled with twists and turns and don’t always turn out as planned; How the world can seem kind and make sense one day then you’re confused, lost and gone astray.  You begin with dreams as limitless as the sky, then when […]

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My Number One

I wanted to express how much I love you so I thought carefully about what I wanted to say Because I didn’t want this to read like a Hallmark card or just sound like another cliche. ** I want you to know that I’ve given this some thought and I’m speaking this from my heart, […]

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Your Ride-or-Die B–

If I knew then what I know now things could be different but I know it’d be the same Cuz you’ve always been an unquenchable fire and a consuming flame. * You are my crazed obsession that brings me to my knees; though it might kill me I don’t want a cure for this disease. […]

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End of My Rope

I can drive to the end of the world… or at least till I run out of gas, But no matter how far I go I can’t outrun my past. * When I was a child, there was much I wished I own. I have acquired very little of them now I’m grown. In all […]

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My Rainbow After the Rain

As a mother my heart has been turned in,  turned out, and broken again and again. No one can truly understand what I’ve seen or gone where I’ve been. * After so many years all my memories begin to blend in as one, But time, though an enemy, will never make me  forget my daughter […]

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Damn You Timmy!!

My heart is a turbulent sea; Waves of emotions wash over me. One moment I’m happy and without a care, Next moment I’m sad and full of despair. I go from being filled with love and possibilities To being consumed with rage, hate, and hostility. ** I hate that I have no control over me, […]

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