I was tagged in a poetry challenge on Instagram but only music would come out. Life has silenced my song for too long…so I submitted to the unveiling💞e

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You keep wooing me with campaign promises. 

While waking me with broken promises. 

Whispering deep in my soul responses

Reminiscent of nights gone by type Renaissances

Savoring your regal tongued nuances

Beckoning hither rhythms echoing nonchalance and…

Yet I’m still waiting.

Ready for you to be 

Who you say you are…

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My friend @iamdishan’s #Twitter Feed & Periscope was on FIRE last night! She discussed the VERY sensitive subject #Divorce among #CHRISTIANS & the 3rd leading cause of it: #Sexual Problems 

She said, “Let me help some #married people… Holding out is not right & is detrimental”

She and I are fellow #SuicidePrevention Advocates & we discuss ALL of the issues causing people to harm themselves. Married at sixteen for 15 yrs to a Pastor, her marriage ended due to his infidelity. She says she realized too late that sexual problems were a contributing factor. Dealing with the stigma of Divorce as a Christian played a role in @iamdishan’s attempting Suicide twice. She shares this VERY candidly to help OTHERS

Out of respect for those who are uncomfortable with the taboo topics she deals with, #Divorce, #Sex & #Suicide in the #church, I will leave it here. However if you’re interested be sure to visit her page & check out her #Periscope addressing this matter before it expires tonight, 11/9/15 around 9p/10p EST

Much love💞e

DiShan’s Conference Nov. 13-15, 2015:

 www.divorcedbutnotdestroyed.com 
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 I hadn’t looked at your picture in so long. 

Too afraid

Afraid that if we made eye contact in any way, I’d go back. 

But I stared this time. 

No longer hypnotized. 

Nor did I shrink back 

From the invitation to surmise 

what was hidden in your eyes. 

Cause now I know

Pomp, circumstance, insecurity, ice and lies. 

And yet I still didn’t want to be caught staring..again. 

But…

I’m so much stronger now. 

As you very well should be. 

Considering its natural progression for even the most well mannered, finely groomed, articulate, and convincing leech. 

Now this time you avert your eyes 

And tell them to never speak of me. 

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GOD REMIND ME

Every time I feel a little down

You send sunshine my way

I kept looking down the street for my smile 

Then found a note from You 

Asking me to stay 

I wandered and wandered away on purpose 

I did not want to feel Your invisible touch 

Instead I kept looking to man 

But he’s limping and 

Loving me on a crutch

Remind me what it feels like

To be loved, complete and free

Remind me what it feels like 

To be loved by You 

Just because I’m me

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  YOUR…LIBRARY



When you’re rocked
by more than one
at the same time
and they each think they’re
the only one feeding you
yet you’re at the helm 

bookmarking

for a more convenient time

Trying to pick up 

where you left off

with a select few 

Dusting off residue

Musn’t leave behind a clue 

Revealing who made

the biggest 

impression

on

you

 

🌼authenticitee🌼

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I write a lot of love poetry. A lot of it is deep and speaks of great longing. I even had one subscriber say “You write like you’re single…” and though I never responded, I thought, “BEST COMPLIMENT EVER LOL!!“.

See, I started this blog on Jan. 10, 2015 and I committed to honest writing. So when Valentine’s Day was on the horizon, only a month later, I was ready to retire. How could I write honestly about a day that caused me so much pain? However it was my husband, Kevin Arthur, who I’ve been with for almost 22 years and married to for almost 18 years that said, “You can’t stop now Baby, you just won the Most Versatile Blogger Award! People are waiting!!”. So I closed my eyes, went for it and ended up writing one of my favorite, most raw and transparent pieces to date entitled, “When You’re Not Your Valentine’s Only Valentine.

I started this blog to be a non judgmental, shade free source of  inspiration for those who were exhausted with the mundane. Those who could appreciate my heart for suicide prevention and could relate to, or appreciate my commitment to authenticity. However had I not had the support of my husband, an artist himself, authenticitee – inspiration without the other stuff, would have ceased almost one month from its inception. And that ladies and gentleman is the truth.

 There are so many super deep saints that have refrained from supporting me publicly but deal with all of the issues I candidly write about privately. I’ve been both legalistic and liberal so I can relate…


BUT I thank God for a BALANCE (now) coupled with the courage and strength needed to walk in this lane of honest writing, even when it comes to addressing the difficult side of love. There is nothing new under the sun; remember it was not unusual for religious people to seek answers and direction privately from JESUS Himself when he walked the Earth.

(Insert disclaimer here that I am not comparing myself to the Lord but referring to it as an age old ocular demonstration)😏

So are my poems and pieces true? Yep. Every single last one of them unless noted otherwise…ah but they are not all current experiences!    (A few were actually inspired by the experiences of others too). When I write, I do see the eyes of whoever inspired the piece. It feels incredible as a writer to  freely express myself on every level; be it a snapshot of my tomorrow or suppressed memories of yesteryear triggered by current circumstance.

This writing thing we do…it’s a beautiful thang ~ Ericka Arthur

My husband is a subscriber and so is my Momma…I’m so grateful lol. Oh and the occasion? None….no occasion other than the brevity of life. I’ve lived long enough to know that the future is not promised, and me missing an opportunity to tell Kevin Arthur thank you…again, was an option I just didn’t want to choose tonight.💘e

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Kevin Arthur pictures with Sting after playing for Sting & Common In Central Park, NYC September 26, 2015

  

So is this the way you let me down?

By not picking me up again?

When my world is spinning round and round?

You don’t want to be the one who’s there?

So is this the way you let me go?

By not checking to see if I’m okay?

When my world is spinning round and round?

And you made me think you were going to stay?

I kept waiting with bated breath.

No acknowledgement or endorsement in sight.  

No response. 

No reply. 

Is this the way

You say goodbye?

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I was so dehydrated 

Until you met me in deep waters

Everyone else 

Demanded that I swim to shore

Now I know what it’s like to be

Resuscitated

And have my breath taken away

At the same time

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