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Heaven

She found Heaven in his eyes so she stripped herself naked and became a planet in his universe. As if by magic – really it was love – everything aligned easily within the shifting of their universe. Love was easy … Continue reading

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His Tortured Soul

  The headline screamed He was Tortured Before He Was Killed as if though he was tortured his entire life. Somehow the suffering he did when he was alive went unnoticed. No one heard his silent cries. He carried his … Continue reading

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A Pain to Swallow Your Own

The silence was enough to drive us all mad. It would have too if we had not finally stopped breathing. It echoed in our brains, this forlorn silence, as we felt the blood draining from our bodies. They would say … Continue reading

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Spoken Word vs. Traditional Written Poetry

As a developmental writing instructor at a community college, I’m accustomed to having to explain the differences between the various genres of writing. I understand that a student needs to comprehend the differences in purposes for writing a persuasive or … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to My Children

  Yesterday at the Explore Memphis summer program kickoff party, I got the opportunity to talk with lots of kids. Lots of kids. Young kids. Those who are still young enough to be completely hopeful. Those who believe they can … Continue reading

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Don’t Look Back

My son says I find messages in the most trivial things. But I think even he would agree that what’s been taking place in my life lately has been pretty phenomenal. I’m always the one to say, “Follow your passions. … Continue reading

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World Poetry Day

Of all the things today may be or bring, perhaps the one most celebrated by me is World Poetry Day. NPR did a neat little article about the 21st of March, which you can find here. In observance of World Poetry … Continue reading

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Where Have the Storytellers Gone?

The first storyteller I fell in love with was my grandmother, Sallie Mae Thompson. Coming in behind her at a close second was my dad (still is). And then my mom, who’s much more of a reluctant storyteller. And my … Continue reading

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One Bad Sentence

I stared at it. Something wasn’t right. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, but I felt that something just wasn’t right. I read the lines on the paper over and over again but it got no clearer. … Continue reading

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Life in My Pen

They say I write too much that I spend too much time with my notebook and pen and they tell me, “Words are not special” especially not mine. They tell me to find myself a respectable job and to get … Continue reading

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