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JLJ Poem: Happy Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! 


Do you hear that?!

It’s my ancestors cheering.

I am doing things they only dreamed of 

They are so happy for me.

They sacrificed so I wouldn’t have to

I look to them for inspiration

I look to them for encouragement

I feel them on my shoulders 

They are my wings to help me soar 


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Posted by on February 9, 2019 in Spoken Word/Poetry


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JLJ Poetry: What I Want!

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Hello New year

This is what i want.

Lots of laughs

And not at my expense.

Lots of tears

Not because another person I love has left this earth.

Lots of wealth

In Friendships, and relationships, and familyships

Lots of good health

I would love to lose weight naturally but I will take what i can get

Lots of travel

And that can mean around to new places in Southern California

Lots of good will

I want done to me that I do to others

I want kindness, support, love, compassion, strength, courage, confidence, consistency, conflict, challenges, growth and lots of laughs.

You hear me

Lots of laughs.

Give me some funny stuff

Happy New Year, New Year

May we have a good, healthy relationship this Year! 

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Spoken Word/Poetry


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Poetry is Spilling Out of ME!

I am writing and writing so much poetry. It is spilling out of me! Some i have changed a bit and turned into songs. I am so proud of the surprise success of my Poetry book It was a labor of my life in 2016. My ups and downs and now I have decided that I will end the year with another poetry book. I am currently picking the poems to be included. This will chronicle my 2017 and its ups and DOWNS! I hope to have it out in December.

This has been a great outlet for me and getting my feelings out! I feel better personally and I hope people who pick up the books feel better too and can relate!

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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Spoken Word/Poetry





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Life changing

Life affirming



Be open to it.

It’s too unknown

Embrace it.

i just can’t

It might be good for you

It might destroy me.

my ego

my heart could get borken

my ego

my self esteem will go back down

my ego

Maybe i’ll like this job

Bye by ego

This person could be the one

Walk through it

Be present

this house could be our new sanctuary

Always do it

Maybe its time to have that baby

I will survive

I will thrive

it will work out.

It may not work out

It’s always right on time.

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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Spoken Word/Poetry


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A Poem Looking For Understanding!


Surprised and Sad

I wake up.

I roll over.

I get out of bed.

I go to the bathroom.

I wash my face.

I make my tea.

I turn on my computer.

I sit down.


I go to Facebook.

I see the comments.

I go to Twitter.

I see the comments.

I go to Instagram.

I see the memes.

My heart hurts.


The message is getting lost.

The message is buried under.

The message is hard to find.

The messages coming through are bad.

The messages coming through are disheartening.

The messages coming through are maddening.

I feel angry.


I can’t believe what I’m seeing.

I can’t believe what I’m reading.

I can’t believe what people are saying.

I can’t believe what other people of color are saying.

I can’t believe what my friends are saying.

I feel angrier.


What strangers say only bothers me a little.

What my friends say hurts me a lot.

When a person of color downs another person of color, it stings.

What happen to unity.

What happened to compassion.

When will the understanding begin.


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One of my Biggest Influences-Gil Scott-Heron


My parents loved Gil Scott Heron and played his albums continuously while I was growing up. He had a presence in his vocals that I admired and later imitated. He spoke about reality of the black man, the black family , the society at large. I didn’t fully relate until i became an adult and lived some life. He is most famous for the song, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. A song that is as relevant today as ever.His last album before he passed, I’m New Here, was a mini masterpiece. I REALLY enjoyed it and played it over and over again. One of the songs, Running, is one of my favs, and I am sharing it with you all.



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Spoken Word Piece- You’re Kinda Right


You’re Kinda Right by James Lott, Jr 2015

I can see what you’re sayin. 

Some of it is true.
In a wierd way we are on the same page about many things.
In a complex way we couldn’t be more different.

You’re younger. 

I’m older. 

You’re intense
I’m slower.
You see things in black or white
I like grey areas…sometimes
I own what you want someday.
I have a business.
You want one someday.
You want to raise a family.
I’ve already done that.
We both have tempers.
We are over that.

You’re kinda right. 

Things weren’t going so well.

You’re kinda right

The fighting was more frequent.

You’re kinda right
It stopped working.
You are right.
We have to focus on ourselves
To each his own.
You ARE right.
But That doesn’t help with the hurt.

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Posted by on March 31, 2015 in Spoken Word/Poetry


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