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Karen Russell

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    "Let Us Be"

    10 months ago

    On the whims of life!

  • Thank you 'Maya'
    2

    Thank you 'Maya'

    4 years ago

    Rest in power 'Maya Angelou'

  • Loves Surrender
    8

    Loves Surrender

    5 years ago

    A brief encounter with the heart...

  • ~Life's Eternal Embrace~
    7

    ~Life's Eternal Embrace~

    5 years ago

    When the joy of being alive opens the rivers of life... He held me close, as close as I could stand even in that moment I could smell the strength of that man He fumbled his fingers across my gullet bending it back at will as I...

  • ~Embracing Life~
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    ~Embracing Life~

    16 months ago

    Reconstruction of the soul is a hard and tedious task... Out of histories tumultuous past I rise above scorching, restless ash crushing the stinch of slaveries chains that hold me bound, crippled and maimed I loose the spirit of my...

  • ~Survival bares a heavy price~
    4

    ~Survival bares a heavy price~

    2 months ago

    Every step a black woman takes in humanity is a journey of courage, strength and sovereignty, for her journey has been a mighty one and her legacy was edged in blood, sweat and tears... If history has taught us one vital fact it is the strength...

  • ~Beneath My Earth~
    2

    ~Beneath My Earth~

    6 years ago

    An ever changing reality... Folding stems to weary to rise, broken, wilted, crushed by lies tainted images of yrs. gone by, misconceptions and shattered cries fields of tumbleweed on stems of hope, learn to live, stride and cope enclosed by...

  • *The Ambessa Queen*
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    *The Ambessa Queen*

    4 years ago

    This poem symbolizes hope excavated and renewed. 'Ambessa' means 'Lion' in Swahili... Queen to a thousand kings who share her silhouette warrior's, bound by capitalism, stretched forth against landscapes of rage, pain, vicious discrimination, ...

  • ~Fallen Nation~
    2

    ~Fallen Nation~

    5 years ago

    Forging on even through the most dire circumstances... One fragile moment in time cracked open the hull of humanity on a distant shore bound by chance, circumstance, filtered emotions cries of anguish throbbing against core, soul, earth,...

  • ~From Plantations to Penitentiaries~
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    ~From Plantations to Penitentiaries~

    13 months ago

    Food for thought... Freedom is only a whisper in the halls of in-justice, three strikes and your busted sentence, life without the possibility of parole, if it were possible wouldn't we know? We're only mere abstracts in the flesh game, ponded...

  • ~HApPy FaThEr'S DAy To Me~
    6

    ~HApPy FaThEr'S DAy To Me~

    6 years ago

    This poem is about being a single parent and overcoming obstacles along the way... Mother, Father, both parents then friend its like writing script on an emotional bend no beginning nor end, journaling through time with a catastrophic...

  • ~A Thousand Kings~
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    ~A Thousand Kings~

    3 years ago

    The souls of lost kings reclaimed... From the thrones of Mentuhetep, Akhenaten, Sahure, King Tut and Amenhotep, to dirt floors, wooden shacks, hay stacks and concrete steps. From pyramids built by their own hands, to cotton fields, sugar...

  • ~Sweet Splendor~
    11

    ~Sweet Splendor~

    3 years ago

    Transforming calamity into victory... She yielded her sentinel, tilted her branches, danced harmoniously, moistened by time eternal hand crafted exclusively. Burrowing through miliniums with wrecth of life on her back, breaking the limbs of...

  • ~Enduring To be Free~
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    ~Enduring To be Free~

    5 years ago

    Transcending from a world of mental and physical bondage... I am like the wind gliding against rivers of waters of streams crossing vast oceans embracing miracles unseen I taste life though it be bitter sweet filled with the remnants of our...

  • ~Rising~
    3

    ~Rising~

    11 months ago

    Coming into realization of self and embracing life... Rising out of the ashes of poverty yet I keep rising until I can't smell the stinch taunting my very existence leaving me brittle, motionless rising, roaring like lions breaking...

  • ~~AFrICa CrIEs~~
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    ~~AFrICa CrIEs~~

    6 years ago

    A depiction of the long legacy of misconception and travesty and pains of a nation... Out of the trenches baring dust and glory, creases in their faces tell their story weighted in time over long rough terrain, altered history, their souls...

  • 8

    "Valentine Bliss"

    6 years ago

    "Love and the strange way it shuffles our emotions completely absorbing us" H ere we are again T he eve of love A scending, awakening S urrendering P ampering our most I ntimate dreams P rolifically embracing I ts imagery Y...

  • ~Hopes and Dreams~
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    ~Hopes and Dreams~

    13 months ago

    When life passes us by... Not young anymore nor am I old just somewhere in between Its like life pass me by swallowing up my dreams All my hopes now fantasies bare the scars of a symphony once embraced by melodies now all it does...

  • ~Swaggered and Emotional~
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    ~Swaggered and Emotional~

    13 months ago

    Awakening to a new you... Why must I always play the fiddlers drum, stoop, bow, tilt, succumb. Tote the hay, milk the prey, all while keeping the wolves at bay. Why must I always thread the needle, stitch the seams, aren't I allowed to have...

  • ~After Life Memoir~
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    ~After Life Memoir~

    6 years ago

    When the dust reclaims us theres no more need to fuss... When I die just creamate me and toss my ashes into the sea no need for a fancy casket covered with fiber glass just a moment of silence is all I ask no need for a large ceremony, pot...

  • ~I Am Still Here~
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    ~I Am Still Here~

    4 years ago

    In order to move forward we must cut the chain that binds us and let the ball roll away... I could claim victories over circumstances that did not seal my fate. I could brag about the obstacles I overcame from violence and hate. I can boast...

  • ~Battle Scars~
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    ~Battle Scars~

    6 years ago

    The destructive aftermath of random violence in the streets... He lay there in the ICU bed, everything covered but his head normally a person would look under the sheets if they couldn't even see their own feet but this young man wouldn't...

  • ~Our America~
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    ~Our America~

    13 months ago

    This country belongs to all of us... I love America with all its flaws, all its statutes and all it's challenging laws. I love the snow I've never seen, the mountains I will never climb, the languages I may never speak, I love...

  • ~Romance, Not!~
    6

    ~Romance, Not!~

    6 years ago

    Love is on vacation... I'm trying you guys I really am, but I don't feel that romantic its like my husband and I are on separate sides of the Atlantic I've tried dancing beneath the stars, candles all around the yard champayne on ice, grapes...

  • ~My Ears are Burning~
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    ~My Ears are Burning~

    6 years ago

    Words are a powerful weapon, please be considerate of others... Hold up! wait a minute, what did you say? I know you're not talking to me that way now you might be joking and it might seem funny to but this black iron skillet has its eyes on...

  • ~The Age of Existence~
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    ~The Age of Existence~

    4 years ago

    When will this nation heal... How far will the soul travel to reach this same landscape, does it glide through the solar system and slide on the milky way, or tumble down the inner slopes of our own vanity. How deep within the embankment must...

  • ~Thorns in my Kitchen~
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    ~Thorns in my Kitchen~

    6 years ago

    Be careful what you pray for... A bouquet of roses, how sweet it must be my birthday, mothers day or anniversary because the moment I said I do, that was the last rose I received from you You use to bring me flowers at least five days...

  • ~Beyond 2010~
    10

    ~Beyond 2010~

    6 years ago

    We must do more than just survive... We have crossed the threshhold of a long voyage through dark and narrowed paths, we have slid into the universe and stood on the other half we have fought battles on foreign land, given them our fathers and...

  • ~The Color of Life~
    4

    ~The Color of Life~

    4 years ago

    Embracing the dynamics of you... My blood line stems from African, African American, Anglo Saxon, Blackfoot Indian and Cherokee, Irish and Spanish are all wrapped up inside of me, so if anyone has been offended by something I said, you must...

  • ~A Master's in Life~
    5

    ~A Master's in Life~

    13 months ago

    The journey, the love, the value... I've been around the world in my own front yard, met all kinds of people, some soft some hard. Watched children being born on the living room floor, through drug addicted mother's, who didn't need...

  • ~Emotional Shock~
    4

    ~Emotional Shock~

    2 years ago

    Turning Victim into Victorious? Go ahead, take your best shot, others have tried I've been called everthing but a child of God, some have even lied you think you have it hard, welcome to my back yard where the poodles turn into...

  • ~Oh Yes! I Did~
    6

    ~Oh Yes! I Did~

    6 years ago

    Be careful what you pray for and be specific, God don't make mistakes, but sometimes we do... Ten years ago we eloped into the winds of chance cityhall was where we sealed our romance three months of dating and then years of grief, he stole my...

  • ~Bound~
    4

    ~Bound~

    6 years ago

    When echoes of distant relatives call out from the grave... I unfolded my wings as I begin to soar above streams of clouds till I could see earth no more then slowly gliding downward against a moonlit ocean breeze captivated by...

  • ~He Heard You~
    6

    ~He Heard You~

    4 years ago

    Just when you think hes not listening, surprise, surprise, surprise... It was cold on the floor, but you got down there anyway, pulled your blanket above your head and begin to pray. I know God must have been tickled at the sight of you...

  • ~Only He Can~
    4

    ~Only He Can~

    4 years ago

    The wonders of God are amazing, his love unconditional and through his word He nurtures our spirits, renews our hearts and heals our souls... S ome things in life are W orth waiting for E each new day opens a N ew door A s we step through...

  • ~I Believe in You and Me~
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    ~I Believe in You and Me~

    4 years ago

    I shudder to think we didn't have anything to believe in... I'm just a bleeding heart liberal, no fault in that, but nobody's ever accused me of being a rat I believe in challenging the dynamics of life, I've been doing that for ten years as...

  • 9

    "Thank you LORD"

    6 years ago

    Conversing with God! Life came barrelling through my door stubborn, unhinged, repulsed challenging every emotion leaving me at a loss I couldn't contemplate how I had reached this plateau but somewhere in the midst of my confusion I...

  • ~You And I~
    10

    ~You And I~

    4 years ago

    An illumination of life... You; hold up the world with your shoulders, I; hold up your shoulders. You; examine every derivative, concept and variation of time, I; embrace the wonders of your mind. You; combine every aspect and configuration...

  • ~I Need A Man~
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    ~I Need A Man~

    4 years ago

    This poem is about taking a broader view when it comes to casual sex... Hanging out with my girls just having a little fun, not trying to meet anyone, but along came this fella with an interest in me, so I was obliging as much as I could be....

  • ~A childs prayer~
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    ~A childs prayer~

    6 years ago

    A child praying for change... Hello LORD! now I lay me down to sleep, but before I go I would like to speak I want to live, I want to grow up to be somebody I want to make my parent proud I want to learn how to read and understand what...

  • ~The Hidden Christmas Tree~
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    ~The Hidden Christmas Tree~

    6 years ago

    Reaffirming Reality against transition... Theres a little christmas tree hidden in a box I take it out year after year to decorate the house Its already coverd with silver drums and bells it even has miniature red ribbons drapped around it...

  • ~The Feast of Life~
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    ~The Feast of Life~

    6 years ago

    Through total submission to God, we embrace his blueprint on life... " Its been a long time coming and a hard journey here keeping up with progress was the challenge with all the changing years all the different people we've met along the way...

  • ~Life Commanded Me~
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    ~Life Commanded Me~

    13 months ago

    In life we are forced to make decisions that are sometimes hard to bare, but eventually life commands us to do whats right... I tried to reinvent this perfect world away from kaos and confusion hid myself beneath the layers of this fatal lie...

  • ~The Journey of a Black Woman~From a Whisper to a Scream~
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    ~The Journey of a Black Woman~From a Whisper to a Scream~

    2 years ago

    Exuding a deep sense of self while embracing the beauty of life... When the world gazes upon our earthly tones, time just stands still, motionless! Like a rhapsody articulating its own personal sound, leaving the world breathless, standing...

  • 0

    "Three Hot's and a Cot"

    6 years ago

    Addressing how bad judgement and incarceration effects a family as a whole, humorous, yet brutally honest... Incarceration is a hard price to pay, but evidently you wanted it that way now your calling home every month for a box, I'm sorry...

  • ~Unconditional Love~
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    ~Unconditional Love~

    6 years ago

    When love carves its way through... Could I speak to the world about love, when its something I know not of? yet what I dream about is more clear, more precise, more near, more sincere like tides bursting inside of me, feeding on my intricacy...

  • ~Reminiscing~
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    ~Reminiscing~

    6 years ago

    Just visiting a memory... I was just thinking about us, those rides we use to take on the city bus you sitting there trying not to be touched, that was to much our supermarket journeys now that was a trip trying to get those groceries home...

  • ~Black Widow~
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    ~Black Widow~

    13 months ago

    This poem demostrates how outside influence can alter your existence... Seventeen in a half years we shared a life, unleveled through outsde influence then along came a spider with a web of deceit and altered both our destinies the...

  • Has The Whole Darn World Gone Mad
    1

    Has The Whole Darn World Gone Mad

    11 months ago

    Addressing life from a little girls perspective... I'm just a young girl in a very large world of pollution, confusion, illusion, with no retribution tick tock, times running out, leaders of the world are losing their clout distressed! is...

  • ~The Journey of a Slave~
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    ~The Journey of a Slave~

    3 years ago

    Touching on emotions, torment and impacting the state of mind that weighs on a person in chains... Torment, anguish, rage and disbelief filled the air, as the waves thrashed against the hull, chains rattling, soulfull cries of pain, as the...

  • ~WasteLand Technology~
    0

    ~WasteLand Technology~

    6 years ago

    A real life account of life in the ghetto... There is no escaping the ghetto, you may choose to call it by another name, but the ghetto is the ghetto... I was born with a bomb in the palm of my hands the detonator was life ran before I...

  • ~Transcending~
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    ~Transcending~

    4 years ago

    Life's emerging peace. Through my mind is a vision of an unknown world, cluttered with lifes unchanging hands. If I stretch out my arms, I can touch the tips of mountain peaks, and slide in the endless sands. If I breathe deep, I can smell...

  • ~The Seashore of Life~
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    ~The Seashore of Life~

    2 years ago

    Serenity, challenges, love, loss, life... Life is like an ocean thunderous and wide like waves beating against the sand leaving grains of uncertainty then washing away the salt, leaving our hearts and spirits unseasoned through the...

  • ~A Celebration of Life~
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    ~A Celebration of Life~

    2 years ago

    Celebrating my grandmothers life is an honor and a gift from God, we spent the last years of her life together and it was my honor and privilege to alter my life to assist... I'm just a branch off a tree planted long ago in a place I knew not...

  • ~Hoodlum II, The Aftermath~
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    ~Hoodlum II, The Aftermath~

    6 years ago

    Sequel to the poem, "HOODLUM," and the journey to live... I arrived on the scene, emergency room jammed, friends stretched out the door, hardly any standing room left on the floor my mother greeted me as I dash through the door she needed...

  • ~The Glass Slippers~
    16

    ~The Glass Slippers~

    4 years ago

    The same way you get your woman is the same way you keep her, women are like a fine wine, they improve over time... I threw my hands up and said the hell with it, I have reached the end of the line I was sick and tired of this mans...

  • 12

    "Because I love you"

    3 years ago

    "The delicate heart of a feminist & a sweeping touching emotion" Yes! I admit it, I am a femist! Thats because I love me, and I don't need any charity. Its not a secret or did you forget, I am the reason you exist. I carried, nurtured,...

  • ~The Storm of Life~
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    ~The Storm of Life~

    4 years ago

    Abuse is a form of cruel injustice, it comes in many forums from child abuse, spousal abuse and touches on every sector of life. This poison has seethed into the world and altered the fate of humanity... I was told on a continuous basis I would...

  • ~What you won't do, You'll do for love~
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    ~What you won't do, You'll do for love~

    11 months ago

    We are on the outside looking in, so we see all his faults, but the person on the inside is sometimes love blind... I know, you love that man, will stick by him through thick and thine, set aside your own demands, to pick up after that man ...

  • ~The Image In the Mirror was Me~
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    ~The Image In the Mirror was Me~

    4 years ago

    Love is many things, but sometimes we have to take our blind folds off... I read his book from beginning to end and every chapter brought a tear all the things he subjected me to, year after year after year I thought our love could over come...

  • ~Its Apart of Me~
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    ~Its Apart of Me~

    10 months ago

    Reminiscing of a time in life filled with purpose, challenge, character and a desire to persevere... Returning to the old neighborhood was quite a treat, same old faces on the same old streets same old houses on the same old blocks, it was...

  • ~Hood Rat~
    2

    ~Hood Rat~

    4 years ago

    Does this describe anyone you know? From homie to homie she made her pact, floating around the neighborhood like she was all that. From sun up to sun down she made her rounds, there wasn't a corner she couldn't be found. Her agenda was...

  • ~America is Me~
    2

    ~America is Me~

    10 months ago

    Changing the heart and soul of man.

  • ~Baby Got it going On~
    2

    ~Baby Got it going On~

    5 years ago

    Grandmothers phylosophy... Beauty is only skin deep but ugly is to the core and when the beauty is all gone, ugly holds its own... I have to admit, I have to be able to look at him at least twice, we might be together the rest of our life Its...

  • ~Babies Daddy~
    2

    ~Babies Daddy~

    4 years ago

    Lust and Life are strange bed fellows... Man please! you got a free trip, free meals and a cot, babies daddy, not! You're pissed because she ran a paternal test yet, you were apart of that whole darn mess. You had second thoughts about the baby...

  • ~Does He really Love you~
    4

    ~Does He really Love you~

    4 years ago

    Love is unconditional, it bears all, covers all, embraces all and delivers profoundly... This word called love, does it really exist, or is it just a method for temporary bliss? Lets examine this! You were plump when he met you and he looked...

  • 27

    "HOODLUM"

    3 years ago

    When death knocks on the door, how will you respond. Jamal was on a collision course with life from the day of birth, only twenty two years old before his greatest battle on earth. He celebrated life though tomorrow never existed, and always...

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