to be wise is to rise like heat
it may get too hot for some in the kitchen
top cheffin’ daily feats
where the cookers compete
but for those who can’t handle the swelter
from the melting pot of life’s culinary delight
i’ll feed you food for thought
bring a big appetite
life is but a board with options and decisions
the game is but a path to follow your life’s mission
carpe diem will drive your hopes and ambition
take the road less travelled by and avoid repetition
it is my purpose work
for this creative composition
to share my story
set some goals
play my position
and live God’s vision
listen, we treat life as one big audition
but you're the only one competing in your journey's expedition
don’t be a victim of fame or material thangs
it’s a shame to see
people make money
then let money make them
bank rolls and a royce don’t make the person
beauty is skin deep
what’s inside really counts
gold in abundance holds nothing
to what lips of character amounts
can’t follow the crowd
better to find your way through
trust your own instincts
you know what’s good for you
family is always family
can’t pick and choose them
it’s best to take them as they are
flower, roots, and stem
some friends are not friends
a few will “fri” you in the “end”
watch the company you keep
the real and the pretend
love doesn’t hurt
it protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres
anything of the opposite
delights in what hate bears
realize your own presence
embrace your unique purpose
in work, be at joy
to humanity, be of service
time is of the essence
the present is a gift
relish in the now
in every circumstance, be content
what is seen, temporary
what is not, eternity
be thankful for what you have
possessions are fleeting
and please remember...
always put God first!
live everyday to the fullest
your days are numbered on earth
don't let your dreams die
you can’t lose if you try
Reflect | Improve | Seize | Emerge
And like the sun does every day...
Just My Thoughts:
Mind, Body & Soul
Handwritten short review by legendary poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni for "Just My Thoughts: Mind, Body & Soul"
"It's not a #1 record but Just My Thoughts: Mind, Body & Soul catches the times of the heart and minds. Thank you so very much for sharing with me."
(side note: It's dated one day after my 22nd birthday! I cried and died when I saw that part!!) #Won'tHeDoIt! Yasss!!!
Dear J.D. -
I'm delighted to grant permission. Good luck! Keep on keeping on.
(her response to allow me to use her review for promotion)
(side note: This is dated two days after her 67th birthday!)
This is Nikki Giovanni's review for my still unreleased book of poetry, "R.I.S.E."
THIS is why I'm NOT stopping!
Celebrated ICON, poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou acknowledged receiving my book with this kind card!