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Featured Poem of the Week: “The Art of Pain” by Jonathan Downey

20 May

pain

This old lady said to me, “Boy what you know about pain”………..as I sat there I realized I knew what ever body else knew….it hurts. See fixing a broken heart aint no easy task especially when you unmask those feeling you have only to have them crushed. The rush of the anxiety creeps up your spine until it reaches your mind then shoots back to your heart where it started. Until your body shuts down and you dont wanna get up and you dont have the keys to start it. Pain aint no joke to those who have really been hurt especially when you worked so hard to build up that wall around you heart only to take it down and have it shattered. After that it doesnt matter cause you will never find the pieces and the person who did it you will never be at peace with. Yea they apologize and you know that they are sorry for what they have done but they will never know the damage because they arent the ones that have to deal with it. A broken heart doesnt just hurt emotionally it also hurts physically. Let Newton’s Law of Physics be an example how chemistry can create chaos. These words are just a reaction of an action that was either opposite or equal. You can see through the chest of someone whos had a broken heart is transparent but apparently the male species cant have a broken heart we can only break them but we have to learn from some where. What I’m trying to say is one can only know pain after it has been afflicted. Some seek revenge and inflicting pain becomes addictive. In short we all know what pain is whether its a paper cut or broken finger but the pain of a broken heart always tends to linger……

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About the Author: 

“My name is Jonathan Downey. I am 20 years old, and I am from Norlina, NC. This is just a brief poem about how a broken heart can cause a vicious cycle between men and women.” 
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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Featured Poem of the Week: “Men in Society” by Darrell Freeman, Jr.

14 May

man

Men in society is slowly being replaced,

With independent women and single mothers.
Ripping the heart out of the average American family.
Men in society is being tested and overlooked.
Now days women seem to be doing it all.
Women are overlooking or not acknowledging the role of men.
A  man is a protector, a provider and a companion.
Society tells men it’s their job to provide and protect their family.
As a man that’s what’s expected of you.
It’s like a double edge sword.
If a man doesn’t live up to society’s expectations,
He’s considered less than a man.
When a woman takes on that same role,
She’s looked at as noble, strong and unbreakable.
In some instantance’s she’s more of a man, than a man.
She’s not expected to take on that role, like a man is required to.
But she’s given more credit when she does,
vs. what the common  man does for his family in that same situation.
The woman is looked at as if she’s heaven sent.
Giving the men the notion that we are not needed.
As well as teaching the future generation that’s the way life goes.
In a relationship it’s 50/50.
No one is higher than the other.
But now a days whoever brings in the biggest paycheck controls the home.
Leaving us as people to re-examine our values in life.
A man is not higher or lower than a woman.
As well as a woman is not lower or higher than a man either.
But in our personal life a woman is looked at,
 as the one who controls the home.
Leaving men to be in the work field, controlling the income.
A man’s role is limited and the credit,
 he receives is short lived and unappreciated.
The father’s day holiday is overshadowed,
 by mother’s day and dead beat dads
Rarely is he acknowledged for raising his family.
As men we must not let these issues discourage us from being men.
Stand strong and show society we do belong here.
If we continue to educate and teach our kids,
Then the future generation will recognize the worth of men.
Then and only then will the society of men be stronger than ever.
But we must take care of our responsibilities as men and as fathers.
So many of our women are use,
 to taking care of  their families without a man.
It’s time we show them how much we love them, and provide for our family.
Let’s bring family values back, we all must step up to the plate as men.
It’s time we teach by example.

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About the Author: 

“My name is Darrell Freeman Jr. & I’m from Crowley Louisiana. I currently reside in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  I write from the heart. I wanna inspire others to look beyond their circumstances and strive for bigger & better things. I try to write about topics others are afraid to talk about….I’m currently working on starting my own business — Freeman’s World — which is a variety of businesses dedicated to giving back & uplifting the community….I wanna encourage everyone to follow your dreams. No matter how tough the road up ahead is always have faith and continue to push towards excellence.”

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Featured Poem of the Week: “Devil’s Game” by Alicia Cooper

23 Apr

violence-domestic

Satisfied, he falls asleep

Thoughts drifting into dreams

Mad as Hell, I lie awake

Struggling to bridle my screams

Traces of my stolen DNA

Sheathe his most private places

While bleeding cuts and purple bruises

Defile my most sacred spaces

I gently nudge him but he doesn’t stir,

So I connive a hasty retreat

But flashbacks of an invariable scene

Fill my mind with familiar speech,

“You’ll die before I let you go!”

He cautioned countless times

“No one will miss a dumb Black girl!

Killing nothing is no crime!”

His mean and hateful words reduced me,

Rocked my esteem to its very core

But that was then and this is now

I’ll be subdued no more!

My eyes shift to the nightstand

That rests on his side of the bed

The one that holds the cold yellow steel

Which he uses for Russian Roullette

My movement is quick but deliberate

As I slide deftly onto the rug

And tiptoe on aching and shaky legs

‘Round the bed of the man I once loved

My eyes remain fixed directly on his

As I creep ‘cross the carpeted floor

Apprehension begs me to please turn back

But a still voice whispers, “No more!”

I seize the knob with a trembling hand

And pull open the drawer with precision

My heart is racing like a runaway train

As I ponder the cost of my decision

But, I have no time for contemplation

And although I know it’s dead wrong

I choose life for me instead of for him

I must get back to where I belong

My deadly gold savior greets me

With a cold and malevolent grin

Where many nights he was my tormentor

Tonight he is my friend

Never one to handle this gun

It’s much heavier than I assumed

I have no clue if it’s loaded or not

Guess I’ll know in a second or two

It’s not that I’m happy that he’ll die tonight

But better him than me

This golden Glock was full of bullets

And now, so is he!

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About the Author: 

“My name is Alicia Cooper, and I live in Atlanta, GA. This poem was actually inspired by a group that I am in on FB that supports domestic violence victims. Listening to the individual stories of survival and the heartbreaking stories of those still going through it and their thoughts about how they would be able to escape, really spoke to me. I know the struggle of being involved in such a relationship and was able to get out, but some women never make it out, and if they do, sometimes it’s because they had to resort to violence themselves in order to obtain their ‘freedom.'”

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Featured Poem of the Week: “Empowerment” by Jazzy Sdlihc

1 Apr

black power

Empowerment, takes you a level higher

we all have imperfections, convictions,what’s your priors?

the death of insecurity, I require

like murder for higher

 I choose to kill with words of fury

I’m on trial with myself as the judge and jury

my vision used to be blurry

but hindsight is 20/20, basic like ABC, the learning network on Jazzy Tv

broadcasting frequencies frequently

Stay tuned for this segment called stop dissing

take the dis out of that

give discourage back, to it’s owner

negative is a loner

positive, encourage

let your goals flourish

The cycle of doubt is vicious

anti spy ware needed, malicious

the lack of confidence is fictitious

look at where you’re getting your information

close your eyes and ears to ideas

that cause complications

Opinions are just that, an opinion

where someone opened their mouth

and spoke what they wanted to be true

don’t let them think for you and guide your decisions too

They reside in Whoville

saying, who me?

so ask them, who real

because they still

lost without a cause, a play without the pause

perfect with all the flaws

a coward without the balls

strengthen your walls

If the walls could speak, what would they say

you don’t play, stop acting that way

or where does your backbone lay

you already have the mind, body, and soul

put your pieces in place

and take back control!

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About the Author: 

Jazzy Sdlihc is a neo soul poet living in Nashville, Tn. You can follow and check out more of Jazzy’s work on Facebook and Reverbnation under Jazzy Sdlihc and on Twitter and YouTube under mizzjazzy909.

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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Featured Poem of the Week: “I Am More, I Am Me” by Angela Phillips

29 Jan

black woman painting

I was told to become who I was not

I was labeled outside of my name and then I forgot

I forgot who I was when I saw the images

Images portrayed of me that did not represent me

Yet these images were what they expected of me

Just because as far as their eyes could see, these women were the same color as me

Represent me? In what way do you mean?

I am more than just a body that they say is only good for sex

I am more than just a hair style that they say is fake

I am more than my nails that they say the Koreans made

I am more than just my eyes, I have a vision to see that in me lies the ability to be more than just a
drama queen

I am more than just my mouth that they say keeps me from getting a good black man

In my mouth speaks wisdom and truth that those who seek wisdom and truth can understand

I am more than just my legs they weren’t meant to only spread but to be a connector to my hips, my
ankles and my feet so I can walk out my God given destiny with integrity so please

Open your eyes to see past the culturally conditioned society

I am more than what they said I could never be

You see I already existed and there are many more like me

It’s not hard to find me if you are willing to see past the images they only want you to see

Open your eyes and see

I am more, I am me

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Angela Phillips, Maryland

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The founder of Your Black PoetsAyvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic  writing and acting. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here.

Featured Poem of the Week: “Merlot” by Jabari Styles

21 Jan

Image

Patiently waiting…

Sipping. Debating.

Searching for the perfect line.

Confidence revealed in discreet stares,

expecting the consenting sign.

Her profile intrinsically hypnotic,

this silent exchange becoming melodic.

Subtle focus on the iris,

the dimples manifest.

Our intentions resolute,

hidden thoughts in lyrical caress.

Reverie in my chalice,

we toast the inevitable.

The bitter cleansing of the palate,

as our partners return to the table.

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Jabarie Styles, New Jersey

Author’s Note:

 ”No real interesting story on how [this poem] came to be..just enjoy writing and putting words together and provoking thought.”

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The founder of Your Black PoetsAyvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here.

 

Exclusive Interview: Jai Harris, The New Face And Sound Of Entertainment

14 Jan

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With her latest album Disconnected – Vol. 1 being praised by acclaimed music artist Common, in 2013 best believe you will be hearing a blissful “ear full” from hot new lyricist Jai Harris.  Poetry is becoming a formidable competitor in the music industry with mainstream music producers looking to spoken word artists to cultivate a fresh sound. Ms. Jai is a leader in the revolution, and Vudu Spellz Entertainment – producer of Ludacris’ Grammy award winning track “Release Therapy” and his Grammy nominated song “Georgia” featuring Jamie Foxx – has her back. Spoken word artist Jai Harris is quickly rising to the top of entertainment with her unique and captivating twist on the lyrical art. Click the video above to watch Your Black Poets‘ candid interview with the young artist. Click here to get a free download of her new album Disconnected – Vol. 1. To read more about Ms. Jai, you can visit her website at jaiharris.com.

Jai Harris

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The founder of Your Black PoetsAyvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here.