triage

 

overly concerned

you were not healthy enough to love

misdiagnosed

as you are not healthy enough to be loved…Beloved

 

 

 

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stillness

 

the stillness doesn’t feel eerie tonight…

it feels necessary

 

 

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un·fa·mil·iar

 

Your familiar felt unfamiliar tonight

Voids collide like asteroids or do they?

You are different when she treats you differently

I settle… no more

I expect… no more

I believe all the more

I believe

Better

Better

Better

Is on the way…

 

 

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that’s not

 

that’s not sadness in her eyes

that’s what pools of wisdom look like

once the dust has settled

 

 

 

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***TRIGGER WARNING**TRIGGER WARNING***TRIGGER WARNING***

**MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH**

I have both shared on Twitter and posted information about this documentary on Instagram. I feel that strongly about its message. I watched it and discussed it with our children; ages 13 and 15. Vital dialogue ensued.

Please read below. Link to view the film OUTSIDE THE HOUSE included in post….e

writers are always confessing

A Documentary by Darnell Lamont Walker about Black Folks & Mental Illness. Why are we not sharing our stories, our pain, our struggles, and our methods of survival? This film exists to show those quietly suffering that they are not alone.

I’ve had friends who’ve committed suicide in dark and lonely places. I regret not seeing the signs, not being there, not calling them, and maybe not loving on them enough.

Being “resilient” and “strong” is killing us. Holding in our frustrations and sadness is killing us. Our children are jumping from bridges and opening their veins quietly. Transparency is needed.

It’s time we talk!

Watch The Full Film: Click Here

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Stellarism…had to share! Be sure to read Jay Colby’s piece below and let it marinate…e

Jay Colby

For many years the concept of finding yourself versus creating yourself has been a topic of discussion. This concept comes from a famous quote by author George Bernard Shaw “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating you”.

Finding Yourself

Many times when the topic of finding yourself is usually referenced to a “young person” just beginning their life’s journey to find their purpose, or when an older person puns about what their plans are once they “grow up.” Finding yourself suggests you are lost, confused or in a chaotic state. Often times we let the world or other influences dictate our path. This can become problematic when most of the narrative about finding yourself turns negative once we reach a certain age. This happens when society looks at us as a failure or as if we have underachieved in our lives.

Creating Yourself

Instead, many may argue that…

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Alas! The #WriterCrushSeries‘ final bow has drawn nigh! Every time I tried to write my intro for this last poet, I got a wee bit verklempt. I honestly tried to make it as concise as possible but there was really no way to skirt around a few details as to why this feature was different. See not only is this an exclusive (no really, he fought me tooth and nail); I had never collaborated with another poet until he invited me to do so over a year ago! Something pretty dope was birthed in both of us on Feb. 6, 2016 and our IG Poetry connection has never been the same. 

Though we’ve never spoken in person and we have no idea even which state each other lives in (true story), every formality has since been tossed out the window LOL! Even our kids know him by one of his many names, ‘Mr. Lyrical’! 

A great Dad to beautiful daughters, he and I look out for each other. We genuinely support each other’s work, cheer the loudest for each other when collaborating with other poets, pray for each other’s families and get on each other’s nerves! LOL!! 

Ah…But when we write…our art prevails and we write like lovers who have experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. In short, you never forget your first.

Ladies & Gentleman…meet my Lab Partner… (Poem in full beneath photo)

Can’t turn a you know what, to a house wife/Can’t teach an old dog new tricks heard that all my life/Know what you’re getting into before things go too far/Know how to walk away, keep peace and not go to war/How many one night stands, lead to true romance/Don’t know his or her past, but yet take a chance/So many sick of love, so many love sick/Too many baby daddies pray the next one a good pick/Still in and out of clubs and over 30/What’s wrong with this picture go ahead and ask somebody/Life alone can be miserable/So it’s good to find someone compatible/Open up your eyes before it’s too late/Love has no boundaries, it doesn’t discriminate/

What you know about faithfulness/Is that one of the ingredients to happiness/What you know about giving your heart/Are you willing to give your all or just a small part/What you know about the word trust/Between the tr and t is us/What you know about sacrifice/Deeds done from the heart doesn’t have a price/

Our first piece…

He speaks…

Son of a preacher birthed from an angel/My circle so small I hope you get the angle/I’ve been singing since I came out my mother’s womb/Don’t be surprised if you hear me even from my tomb/Silently I write so that my voice projects/My thoughts my mind and heart among sacred objects/That spew these words since the age of twelve/A disciple walking with Christ do you dare to delve/Into this dark and well lit place inside of me/A friend amongst strangers am I what you thought or imagined I’d be/

He shares…(Poem in full beneath photo)

She moved on, but it’s like I’m in quicksand/It’d kill me again to see her out with another man/I can’t handle the pain, do I pick up a bottle/Do I smoke it away and get higher than a space shuttle/Do I pop pills and pray I don’t see tomorrow/Do I cut my wrist and bleed out the pain and sorrow/Do I play Russian roulette and pull the trigger/Do I jump off a bridge as if I had wings go figure/Do I tie a rope around my neck and let my body hang/Do I be a snake charmer and hope I get bitten by a cobra’s fangs/Do I pretend that I’m ok, my body frozen, but my heart melting away/Saying I’m not missing you would be a lie/Not having you has me waking up each day hoping to die/

Let it bleed…🔫🔪💣💉💊🚬

I choose favorites…


Then we write again…and again…



I asked him if he had a favorite piece of ours but his answer is always the same..he doesn’t. 


But I have one. It’s called ‘I Miss You…’ and we wrote from our guts as always…


I MISS YOU


I’m missing you in waves

Drowning in love lost so deep

I still swirl the taste of you 

Around in my mind

Savoring you like an apéritif 

And I don’t even drink

What you are made of 

Is such a rare breed

It’s like nothing I’ve ever tasted 

Experienced or seen

I understand why 

you’re no longer here

We both know that it’s best 

But knowing why I’m feigning 

Does not make 

my heart ache any less


@authenticiteespeaks


I’m missing you like air, it’s like I’m on a planet uninhabitable/

Dying to breathe you in, but truth is me living is the furthest thing from inevitable/

I’ve injected you inside me and I need another dose/

Tried generic versions, but compared to your authenticity nothing comes close/

You’re fire under water, cut from a cloth no longer made/

The queen on a chess board and in a deck of cards the ace of spade/We both know why you went your way and I’ve gone mine/

I’m praying you’ll come back to me, hoping you pick up on my subliminal signs/


@poetic_prophet 


e Speaks…


Wow! What a ride! Well over 6 months of research and getting to know the poets behind the poetry so much better. Words cannot express my gratitude. 

Thank you for joining us here at http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com and stopping by the #WriterCrushSeries Poetic Prophet!! 



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Her catalog is extensive and its every bit majestic. All of it. Every presentation aesthetically appealing and her pen is simply fire. An admirer from the onset, I was not only impressed with Marie’s work, I was genuinely inspired by it. Bold and beyond creative; I found her Instagram page warm, inviting and brimming with excellence…so I stayed. Ever evolving as her Instagram name, she always keeps me coming back for more. I guess the secret is out now eh? Yep. I’m a fan.


 
She speaks…

I was an only child living in a small remote town in the Philippines and we didn’t have cable, that was how I got into writing. It was when I chanced upon my parent’s love letters that got me into writing poetry. I’ve changed usernames several times, starting with painfully.sweet, sweetandsordid, 4amreveries, raanimarie, madnesswithbitsofmagic, and the most recent (I feel good about this *wink*) – thenotionoflove. I am a hopeless romantic so I write a lot of mushy, clingy, fiery, steamy pieces. I’ve always had trouble sleeping so writing is one of the ways I relax and release the day’s stresses. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through Instagram. Knowing that my words resonate and touch other people’s lives inspires me to continue writing.



And of course it was difficult to choose favorites…so I kept choosing…


 
 
e Speaks…




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I surprised her with blue hair in honor of #AlopeciaAwareness for their final concert last night & let her wear a lil’ makeup for the occasion. I watched him getting dressed, whistling chord changes while buttoning his shirt and adjusting his locs now past his shoulders.

Being married to a musician for 19 1/2 yrs, I know how to care for musicians & creatives before their gigs. Ministering to them is finding a balance between leaving them alone in their zone AND making sure they have what they need.

I really wanted to pester these two before they hit last night…but I grabbed this pic as soon as everything was done.

I love you children with EVERY ounce of my being. Every single ounce. Please remain humble and don’t say “To God be the glory” with your mouths only but LIVE “To God be the glory”. Don’t just say “Thank you Lord”, show “Thank you Lord” by how you hone your craft & care for your instruments. Do the work. No free passes; as entitlement dulls senses and the anointing. Be kind to people, all people…as unto the LORD. Remain teachable; you can learn from anyone…be it what to do or even what not to do.

I just don’t love you, I like you and enjoy your company.

Proud of you.

Love your biggest fan & Sister in Christ,

MOMMY

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Hello!

If you’re new here…. #SuicidePrevention is a major burden of mine! Please read the post below about one of my favorite movements: The Peyton Heart Project

Adventures Of A 30 Something, Single, Nurse Who Just Needed A Damn Vacation.

How I found a way to travel with purpose:

The first time I found out about the Peyton Heart Project was in December of 2015. I was in Honolulu, HI with one of my friends, Jen, waiting to go on a 7 day Hawaiian Islands cruise! We had a couple days to explore Honolulu and decided to take a trip to the zoo. As we were walking up to see the tiger Jen pointed out something hanging from a vine. I picked it up and it had a message of Kindness on it and #peytonheartproject.We looked it up and read the story of a 13 year old boy namedPeyton James. While growing up in Texas, Peyton was constantly bullied over many years. As you can imagine, this took a toll on him and he ended up losing his life to suicide in 2014. It was a devastatingly…

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