Family…

Hello Lovely People! It has been a little while since I have made a post. Life has been a little busy. School started back for the children and I am still a karate mom and wife! lol … However, I am posting some poetry today. This passed weekend was a family reunion that I attended. While I was there I was able to write a poem about family. It is something short and sweet. Enjoy!

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Family 

Family
Functions like trains on tracks to love
Steam roll over faults
And arrives at forgiveness
It is the reunion of embrace
Arms around bodies of generations
A meeting of legacy making forever memories
It is family that holds bonds
We create a 3 stranded cord
Arms synced
Unison in one purpose of staying close
Family trees written on hearts and not just t-shirts
History defined by the presence of love
Family
Functions like a train on tracks to love
And we all have tickets

 

Please be on the look out for the upcoming collection of poetry, No Idle Word! And never forget that no line is left behind. Have a blessed day! Smile even when you feel like crying!

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8 Skills Every Poet Should Have…

Poetry is an art that does not require a fancy degree or years of experience. To be a poet all you need is a voice, paper, pen and in this day a handy dandy mobile device.

Anyone can write poetry, however there is poetry and then there is poetry.

Poetry speaks what is on the heart. It is a release of pain and joy. The poem you write can provide healing and provoke thought. It can shatter perceptions and defeat stereotypes. The power of the pen is unlimited. Even still we must be careful.

There are poets that pursue poetry as a goal. They do it for the publishing and notoriety and others do it for the love. Either way there are important skills you should have so that the poems you bring forth are heard and understood.

Skills to better your writing

1. Read

Read, read, read! I can’t say this enough. Read everything don’t limit yourselves to a specific genre. If it is just the newspaper, read. You will learn new words throughout this process. This helps to build your vocabulary. It also helps to download a dictionary for the new words you find. There are a few dictionaries that provide a word of the day. Find them and explore

2. Read other poetry.

This is important because you will begin to learn the different writing styles. Who knows you may find a poet that you like. If you do find a favorite read their published work. Study thier styles. You will learn the style of poetry that interest you the most.

3. Write regularly and consistently

Writing even what you may consider the worst poem it’s still good practice. My Mom used to say to me, “the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask”, in this case “the only bad poem is the one you don’t write”. What you will find if that you may come back to it later and revise it. So write even when its awkward.

Writing regularly builds your skill and style. Those vocabulary words you have been keeping track of can now be put to use.

4. Practice doing poetry exercises/prompts

I have never been a poetry prompt writer however this skill can be an excellent way to sharpen your pen. A prompt could be a picture. Study the picture. Tell a story. Write what you see and don’t see. Prompts are a great way to excercise your thought process. There are numerous books and online sites that can provide prompts to expand your writing.

5. Study poetry

Study the different types of poetry. All poetry is not created equal. A poem is not just a poem. As poets even with a great talent, studying literary devices can take you to the next level.

Know the difference between a metaphor and a simile. Some people don’t know the difference and yes there is a difference. (Wink)

Have you ever heard of an “iambic pentameter”? I didn’t either until I watched a movie called “Love Beats Rhymes”. Know what it is and how to use it in your poetry.

6. Don’t be afraid of feedback

Not all feedback will be what you want to hear. Use it, build on it, perfect it! If the feedback is positive don’t stop there push yourself pass your limit and when you get there, push farther. If the feedback is not what you wanted to hear, don’t disregard it, find ways to improve.

7. Revise

Revise, Revise, Revise. There may have been a poem you wrote years ago. Read it and revise it to make it better. Reading your old poetry to see the growth in your voice is rewarding.

8. Passion

Passion is important, especially for the poet that is looking for notoriety. If you dont believe you no one else will. Passion comes from deep within. Write what your passionate about. Stick to what your good at but be better at it. Practice reciting in the mirror and in front of family and friends. Believe in the words you write.

These 8 skills are but stepping stones to being a better creative writer. Hopefully you can use these skills and expand them. Step outside your comfort zone and be greater.

Until next time.. No Line Left Behind

Peace…

Extra.. Extra.. Read All About It…..Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest 2018: Rules, Guidelines, Entrance and Prizes

Attention all Poets and Creative Writers..

Looking for a way to expand your audience and get your creative work out there? Look no further this is for you. Even if you just do it for the passion and love, this too is for you!

You guys have to check this out.. There are some great opportunities and you have a chance to be published!! Dont miss out on this.. Oh and by the way you could put some coin in your pockets. It’s the kind that folds and doesn’t jingle,lol!

Click the link below! You still have time left to submit your entry. It’s free to enter.. You have nothing to lose. Well, yes you do… Cool prizes!! Duh!!

via Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest 2018: Rules, Guidelines, Entrance and Prizes

Skin Thirsty for you

Skin Thirsty for you…

I want to drink your melanin
Get high off your shade
Find the sun
Stand in it till I match your tone
Hand you a glass of me and watch you sip on the tinge of my skin
Get you high off my shade
And when we are full
May we rise above the hues of transparency

– Tehilayah

Hope you enjoy! Remember to keep the pen to paper or in this day in age a smartphone on your person.

No Line Left Behind….

He knows my name…

Hello wonderful people!

Back at it again with more poetry!

Those that know me, know that I have a love for notebooks. Well, I’m in the process of cleaning things out and I came across an old notebook from 2008 and 2009. It was a poetry book slash journal. I had a little bit of everything in this book, lol!

One of the poems I found in there I decided to share with you. I had numerous ones that I could share but this one made the cut! This poem was written in November 2008. Hope you enjoy!

HE KNOWS MY NAME…

He already knows my name

As I walk in the room his smile says it all

His presence is familiar as if Ive known him forever

And then I realize I do know him

He smiles again

I realize I met him at the beginning of time

Where rushing waters found their calm

I was born to speak to his soul and he to mine

He was the sun and I the moon

He was spring I was fall

He summer and I winter

This isn’t our first encounter

We always seem to meet here or there

I met him when the wind blew kisses on the back of my neck

I met him when the tide rose to meet with the sand

I met him as the rain washed the earth for the first time

I met him a lifetime ago

We need no introduction

The sun rises and sets at our embrace

He is the element that completes the transition of time

I met him in my dreams

I just hope when I awake

I hear him actually speak my name

– Tehilayah

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Until next time, no line left behind!

Passion

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

Passion is the one thing that sets you apart in poetry. Passion allows people to believe what you’re saying.

Urban dictionary said it best when defining passion. Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible.

I watched a poem today from a poet who has become a favorite of mine. His passion makes his poetry powerful. I study his passion. The goal for me is to work on my passion and leave all my inhibitions behind.

There was a post I saw on Instagram it stated… “Dear poets, please stop reading your poems from your phone.” Raise your hand if this person is you (hand raised). I have been practicing doing a better job memorizing my poems. Doing this has help me to dig deep in my delivery.

What I have learned so far is if you dont have passion you don’t have anything!

Check out this link to see Steven Willis and his poem, “The Hustle Speaks”.

https://youtu.be/4tn68i1RngI

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Summer Time

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Photo by Sam Burriss on Unsplash

Summertime

The sun rises and sets

The same way a black boy raises his hand

Finger on the trigger

Beams like sun rays on your skin

Summertime

Beads of sweat

Form like tears

Funeral processions with a sight

Like sold out concerts

Backyard barbecues

Make graveyard memories

Just because

It’s

the

Summertime

100 degrees too hot

But the Block is hotter

Death hides itself in winter only to

Drive by your big mamas house

Yellow tape wrapped around your block

Gift of homicide

Prime delivered to your door step

And we are only

2 days

into

Summertime

-Tehilayah

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“No Idle Word”..

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