through the stages
like i’m catalyzing, analyzing
if i don’t say what i feel
it’s myself i’m compromising
for haters and naysayers criticizing, scrutinizing
i’m a rebel uprising
recognizing, realizing i’m wiser now
my life’s plan, i’m devising
in God’s hands, He’s revising
it was written, organizing
the fittest surviving, but i'm thriving
it’s not surprising
i'm highly favored in His eyes and blessed
i’m generalizing, I’ve been put through some tests
exercising love, patience and strength
ate them up, appetizing
soul fed, baptizing
poetry, i’m utilizing
i make the pen and pad talk
the combination tantalizing, i’m just improvising
the old me, I’m eulogizing
the new me is evolutionizing
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!