Yep. She’s on my team. You got next but I got her. Nicole Campo is a force like no other and being one of her students and fans is not for the faint of heart. “Why?”, you ask? Because raw emotion coupled with demonstrated intellect quickly weeds out the smug pretenders. That. That is why she’s one of my poetry homegirls. Let’s tune in with one of my favorites:

She speaks…

I don’t consider myself a writer. I’m just a girl who loves to manipulate and tailor words to fit real life experiences. In my 37 years on this planet, I’ve endured a plethora of emotions, and some seriously heart wrenching situations. I know I’m not alone, and to have the ability to express myself through the power of words, makes my heart smile, especially when another human being can relate. Although I’ve indulged in writing from an early age, I’ve dedicated more time as of late. It cleanses my spirit. Soul searching via writing has always been cathartic. It heals. One word at a time. 

Eh…37 yesterday. 38 today! April 24th is an international holiday but of course! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL!! (cue another favorite piece of mine…)

She has more to say…

e Speaks…

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Eh…

You have those who love to write poems and then there are those who govern themselves as the embodiment of poetry.  I would liken this creative genius as the latter; and she has the nerve to be one of my biggest supporters.

Oh..but I am such a fan; and with good reason! I’m sure you can imagine why this piece caught my eye:


Yep. Pretty much. And it keeps getting gooder and gooder….

Now she’s just meddlin’… (insert slow eye roll for emphasis…)

In her own words…

“DaVinity,” N.L. Langley, is a true Scorpio to the heart who has an affinity for the color black. She was born on November 11th in New Haven, CT, where she was raised and still resides. She is a lover of words and the English language and has been since childhood often losing herself in the fictional worlds of various children’s novels. She holds her B.A. in Communications and is an ardent proponent of clear, open and honest discourse, as she believes it is the thing that helps to sustain any and all relationships. She is a lover of God and cherishes originality and authenticity in a person. Her goal is to live as transparently and courageously as possible in hopes that that same motif bleeds itself into her work so that it might meet people at their varying needs serving to remind them that they are not alone in this world and motivating them to keep going because they are more than enough.

P.S. If you ever see her in person please be sure to hug her because she is such a hugger.

She shares one of her favorites…

She shares in response to the tragic 2016 Pulse Night Club Massacre in Orlando…

e Speaks…

As a lover of poetry and a lover of love, I have been most impressed with DaVinity’s gift to demonstrate a vulnerable strength when writing. Hence another one of my favorites:

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D I F F E R E N T

Dear Journal,

Got on the scale a few mins ago, entered my weight in my @myfitnesspal app & shuddered at the steady increase from my first entry on Jan. 13, 2013 till now. I then thought about every maladaptive coping mechanism I had but my weight gain was the only one I couldn’t hide. And once I entertained that negative, self demeaning thought, a million other negative thoughts attempted to quickly overtake me.

Then my Creator interrupted the barrage of self inflicted negativity when he whispered, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made…”. Hmmm…I knew the address of the old familiar adage…but it’s what I told OTHERS. I mean, did that still apply to me Creator?

Then peace…this reassuring peace washed over me. A warm reminder to not only speak life over myself but that it was never my Creator’s intentions for me to be anyone else than what I was created to be. It was a sweet reminder that being different was not only hauntingly beautiful…it was incredibly necessary.

Selah,

e

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Welcome new faces!

I’ve not done a Q&A session or Blog Party here in quite some time so ask away below!
I’m married and we just celebrated 19 years. That’s a good place to start lol.

Now’s the time to introduce yourself. Don’t be shy💙

e
I wear blue for our daughter. You can find her story in the piece shared with her permission called “A Smile Big Enough To Cover The Pain“ and her update here. To connect with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation visithttp://www.naaf.org.
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Blessings💙e


I’VE BEEN THINKIN’

I’ve been thinkin’. Licensed but my collar has been adjusted and my pulpit has changed. 

I’ve been thinkin’ about influence. What it looks like, what it’s looked like, what it can look like…what it should look like. 

I’ve been thinkin’ about the sacred text of old that describes the mundane being granted access to the majestic; an ocular demonstration of being entrusted with the king’s ear. Speak Esther. Speak Daniel. Speak Joseph. 

I’ve been thinkin’…if I were to shut down all of my social media pages today, what would my voice sound like in the earth realm?

I’ve been thinkin’…”The Kings heart is in the Lord’s hands and HE turns it whichever way HE chooses”. I’ve been thinkin’…”I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” as it lies mute at the feet of the religious, archaic, powerless, well rehearsed, poorly versed, noisy, incestuous stagnant. 

GOD I’ve been thinkin’. What are YOU thinKING?

AND from “one dust ball to another (thank you Bishop Keith Reed Sr.)… 

What. Are. you. Thinking?

Day 48 of 2017


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She is strong. Beautiful and strong. When asked what impresses me I often respond, “those who do what I cannot“. She is one of them. She is Social Justice meets Poetic Justice and she has this thing for Love. 

One of my favorite pieces reads:



In her own words…

Thalia Edwards was born on September 8th 1983 in Takoma Park, MD to Deaf parents (Ecuadorian mother and African American father). She was raised in Upper Montgomery County, Maryland to which she molded her love for writing poetry as a form of expression. In 2006, she embarked on a career of sign language interpreting to which she used poetry to filter out her thoughts and feelings relating to the people she worked with and for on a daily basis. The only time she felt at home with herself was through the art of words which gave life to her first book “Black Codes“. 

e Speaks…

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FEATURED IN A BOOK!

My first time. Humbled to have been selected as a featured writer in Feminine Collective’s 2017 published body of work! Wait there’s more. I just learned that 15% of the proceeds goes to @lifeafterproject; an organization who shares my burden for #SuicidePrevention!! I get to hold a tangible copy of my poetry in print but if you wanna check it out & support, the Kindle edition is now available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2jP9mNa)! Tears. The good kind😌e

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2.4.17

Old school meets new train of thought. Yeah. Yeah that’s how I would describe our featured poet of this week. Joseph introduced himself as a music producer who was new to poetry but I would beg to differ. In reading his work, I discovered there was wisdom laced with risk that came from the heart. Sounds like a poet to me. 


One of my favorite pieces accompanied the beautiful photo above that he took:


Let me be your light..

When you’re feeling low

Let me to be your light..

When you’re feeling lonely

Let me be your light..

To wipe the tears from your eyes

Let me be your light..

To stir your passion deep inside
Let me be your light..

To comfort you troubled mind

Let me be your light..

When you can’t see your way

Let me be your light..

When your heart is heavy

Let me be your light..

When all seems lost

Let me be your light..

When the pain is to much


Let me be your light..

When you’re longing for a hug

Let me be your light..

When fear hits your life

Let me be you light..

When you hunger of my love

Let me be your light

Because you have been my light.. In the blindness of my heart.. as I was searching for your love.. because you could see that you are the light of my life..

Today..

Tomorrow..

And forevermore..

I love you.. My woman..

My light!

#24_7_MAN

He’s a family man who still believes in the power of love in spite of life happening all around him every day. 

In his own words…

Songwriter / Producer / New to Poetry

I’m a producer, songwriter and I sing when I need to!

I’m also enjoying my challenge(s) and love to grow in my writings of poetry. 

I’m 58 and raising my 7 year old granddaughter in New Jersey. 

I’m looking forward to writing and reading the poetry of others.

One my favorite pieces (that I’ve written):

This Is On Purpose!!

No this is not a dream.. No not a fantasy..

As you’re engaging in your excitement from your head to your toes..

Flowing from the rhythm of your heart..

I’m opened to moving slowly with care..

I’m not in a hurry.. I’m taking my time..
There’s no rush to release your passion.. 

That surpasses anything and everything.. 

That your mind could ever comprehend..

I’m drown to your sounds.. I can’t help it..

Feeling your moves.. your scent..

As you’re trying to control your imagination..
But your seat belt is off..

Yet you don’t want to control this..

You needed this.. I had to give this..

There’s no fear.. No more pain..

No more pressure.. This is personal.. 
This is always private.. It’s only for you and you alone..

You might think I’m crazy.. Maybe I’ve lost my mind lol..

No I’m being very deliberate with my love towards you..

Baby.. My Love..

This is on purpose!!

Next favorite piece:

We’ve spent a lifetime fighting battles.. overcoming wars..

Yet the sound of your voice removes my pain..

That’s when I knew that your fight was needed to be over..

It was not about me anymore.. you needed to be respected.. 

and protected.. 
I can see your heart.. I can feel your pain..

So I asked for your permission to give you my best..

You said yes and told me in my arms you could find rest..

So as I held you tight.. you told me that I need not fight..
You gave me permission to love you.. hold you.. to touch you..

To allow my lips to explore every curve of your body without fear or doubt..

As we embraced our passion, every sound, every moan, each movement..
Yes.. You gave me permission to love you without condition..

No need to war anymore.. so we let our guard down..

That’s when our love came in and both of us knew..

Together we stand..

Together we win..


e speaks…


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I’M A PRODUCT OF

From Mother’s breast

To Purity’s Treasure Chest 

To accepting a Love

That was nailed to the cross

“How archaic!” smug tongues

Jeer at my belief. 

Fast forward to life’s 

gruesome discoveries 

Unreturned phone calls

Unanswered texts

And let’s not forget 

DMs blatantly ignored 

though clearly seen.

Broken promises 

Forbidden inspiration 

Yielding rose garden saturation

In abundance pleasures unknown 

So desperately needed again

Yet remain foreign to me. 

Unfulfilled temptation

False hope positives

Given without hesitation

“Gimme gimme” take takes 

Bathed in consistent

Unappreciation. 

Middle fingers high in the air

Grasping at faint expertise extraordinaire 

All while fighting

To still believe. 

Determined to survive it 

cause it’s the true highest 

level of consciousness

any human being can achieve. 

I’m a producer of this T H A N G 

Though NOTHING has caused 

me more raw pain 

and the damage 

is unbelievably DEEP

Some may see me as a victim 

but since my heart can still beat 

With them I opt not to agree 

I’m just a product of 

this thing spelled 

L O V E 

iWrite 4.28.16

***(Sigh) This is one of my favorite vintage pieces. Just a glimpse of some of what I’ve been writing over the past year but not posting here on my blog. Thank you for taking the ride with me. It nor I, am for the faint of heart.  

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Peter. The man of few words who says so much. You can feel the steadfastness when encountering his work yet he is full of surprises. Demonstrating great range he is unafraid to engage every emotion. From inspirational poetry to romantic pieces his poetic voice refuses sedation. 

An early supporter of my Instagram poetry page, he has continued to provide consistent feedback and encouragement! 


In His Words…

My name is Peter Eshomonu Excel. A native of Edo State, Nigeria. I’m an African, I’m black skin and I represent Nigeria. I studied Psychology from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo Nigeria. I love writing and speaking through words. I’m a young writer, who loves to play with words through quotes, stories, poems, and songs. 

e Speaks…


Thank you for joining us here at http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com and stopping by the #WriterCrushWednesday series Peter!! Below is one of his incredibly inspiring pieces written to share in this space! 

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE 
 
Impossible they see 
From their shallow mind they speak 
A trapped mind living in darkness 
Freedom lost even when shown brightness 
 
Impossible they paint
Just because they want your freedom as bait 
A slave blinded by the power of perception 
Who has failed to see beyond his lame vision
 
Impossible they speak
Out of the abundance of their heart they teach
A failed student turned teacher 
Life lessons they’ve failed to rehearse 
 
Nothing is impossible 
Everything is achievable 
It is just a word that exist in the dictionary 
A word that can spring to life if ONLY you believe. 
 
How you view the world 
Will either bring you peace or war 
Your heart is the artist drawing board 
And your mouth a loaded gun
 
Nothing is impossible
If you can think and act possible
Nothing is impossible 
Once your faith is unshakable 
 
Possibility has always been my childhood girlfriend 
Met her the very first day the doctor told my mother to push as she labored 
Her eyes seduces me that I made love to her right there 
Even when impossibility approached me for a cheap sex 
 
Possibility was heavenly dressed 
When she won the beauty pageant at negativity end 
Even when faith was belittled and shaken 
In my calm voice I said peace be still 
 
Possibility is me 
It is the chain that binds you to me
If we can believe it 
Then for sure we will both achieve it

By: Peter Excel (@inhalerpjshey) 
©2016
 

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