AGAIN | Raw Poetic Response & Reflection

AGAIN Cheat on me again Ignore me again Choose her over me again Disrespect me again Yell at me again Don't buy me anything again Don't introduce me again  Choose them over me again  Lie to me again  Don't call when you say you will again Don't come when you say you will again Copy [...]

THAT WASN’T LOVE

***TRIGGER WARNING*** THAT WASN'T LOVE Dear Journal, I didn't know it was a trigger until it demobilized me. Thoughts of doubt, insecurity, shame and feeling unwanted chased me down the hallways of my already cluttered mind. I didn't know it wasn't love because I never thought about it not being Love. It was just...yeah.  Fast [...]

#WRITERCRUSHWEDNESDAY! MEET IG POET @life_in_eminor

Emmanuella is only one of two I deemed early in my Instagram journey, Celestial Creative. She possesses a steadfast, consistent range that is intriguing, admirable and attractive. One can't help but notice that her posture, pace, tone and tenor; both in writing and speech...woos. Writing from a depth that dares you to drown, I admonish...listen [...]

SELF SEEN #Poetry

SELF SEEN I saw your love On the horizon  Cautious as it Headed my way Soaring on wings Once broken Hovering whole Empowering our  Buried treasure laid Bringing with you A mirror and a mic Reflecting my  Self love anew Unashamed thus  Telling the world  My restored  Fragmented pieces Were just the beginning Of my [...]

POST ELECTION PRAISE: THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

Nope. Can’t say that I remember. I couldn’t tell you where any of my stickers from previous elections were hiding (if kept); nor have I ever been inclined to take a picture of one. Nonetheless this keepsake is from the recent United States 2016 presidential election. What I do remember is the first election where I was [...]

THE MORNING AFTER

November 9, 2016 Blog | http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com IG | @authenticiteespeaks Twitter | @authenticitee Remember YOU MATTER! © Ericka Arthur and authenticitee speaks, 2015, 2016 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear [...]

CULTURE…I LOVE IT ALL

            There's so much beauty in diversity; in learning about and appreciating different cultures. I am captivated by the mosaic of all faces, languages and nations. However as an African American woman living in the States, there are times others send hidden signals that I need to stick with my [...]

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING! LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT CONSTITUTES A LOVE EXPERT!

As a married woman of 18 1/2 years and one with decades of Love Gone Right and Love Gone Wrong lived experience; I've been referred to on more than one occasion as "The Love Doctor". When I first started venting about Love as it relates to this pseudo series, it was almost exactly a month [...]

PAIN | To Feel Or Not To Feel

   When I was a small child, I made an embarrassing statement in ignorance that I was quickly chastised for. After being taught the definition of the word 'paralyzed'; I soon followed with a wish to be just that. Horrified by my statement, my Mom, a young widow at the time, immediately corrected me. Once [...]