dawn awakens me
its glorious orange rays pierce through
the venetian blinds of my bedroom window
i’m greeted by the manhattan skyline each morning
from the freedom tower to the empire state building
and beyond, grateful of my 8th floor view
i hear impatient drivers honking horns on fulton street
and the kettle whistling from boiling water
i glance out the window
down the tree lined block
a woman pushes a stroller
a man leaves the local bodega
with a cup of coffee and morning paper
a group of teenagers are armed with backpacks
ready to begin a new year of school
people walk to and fro ready to start their day
my apartment rattles slightly
the a or c train is traveling to utica or kingston/throop
another plane flies overhead
between the cumulus clouds in the sky
i crack the window to feel the breeze
looking forward to a new day
he gently cradles me from behind
handing me a warm mug of green tea infused with lemon, lime, honey
and a splash of bragg's apple cider vinegar with the "mother"
then he slowly kisses me softly on my neck
and whispers in my ear
good morning, brooklyn
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!