Exodus

I admit
My pen has not been busy
It’s been silent
Observant
Watchful
Full of things to speak but I pause and clinch this staff tightly
Selah on the moments recorded in time
Wallow in despair and frustration of what I see
Contempt and hopelessness hold hands counting the minutes until they invade my space
I part my lips
Hoping for an exodus of sound
A murmur
Even a sigh
At the end of this dry tongue is promise
freedom
So instead of speech there are signs
Pointing to destinations
Visions that need eyes to see not the trick but the treasure
Dreams that need interpretations
Ears willing to hear and do
All before idleness crashes against me


Dry tongue
Thirsting for Wet ink to build its walls against the path
White sea clear and full of opportunity
Yet I selah
I pause
I take in the power of silence
The strength and sharpness of this pen
The depth of its permanence
It stains my lips
Again I part them
Take a deep breath
I cross the bottom of this dry ocean of words
I reach the other side
No more wilderness pages
This is my exodus of sound

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Minding My Soul Moments…

Good Morning, rise, and grind. Rest and breathe. Whatever your heart needs today, that is what you do. I want to take a moment to encourage you to mind your soul. It’s your business what you do, but there are moments where your soul needs you. So I leave you with a little encouragement. I hope that you can take solace in this small moment.

“Every wound or broken piece of your life is an occasion to experience the Most High Yah in a way you could not experience Him if all was well.” – Tehilayah

There are a thousand things taking place around us at all times, things are seen, some unseen. In every situation we encounter in this life there is a lesson.

Healing does not come without first having a wound. Healing is a process that we try to often rush. The well doesn’t need to be healed. The sick, however long the process, need help. Sometimes, we walk around not knowing that we are sick. The diagnoses are handed to us and we realize that we have been walking around sick for awhile. It’s crushing. The first question is, how? We check off these little imaginary boxes. These boxes say, “but I…”. We then began to recognize it in our interactions and our quiet moments alone. We see hindsight that we have mismanaged our souls.

A wound is often a sign that we need to slow down. Example time. My daughter asked for a skateboard. She always does all the research before she brings anything to my husband and me. She had no problem making her case and of course, we got her a skateboard. She watched countless videos on how to ride. The day comes, “Mom, can I ride my skateboard?”, she says. My response, “have fun, be careful.” Well, a few moments later she comes back tears in her eyes. “What happened”, I ask. “I was going to fast and got too close to the rocks, I hurt my leg”.

I realized something as I was being a nurse mom. For her to begin the healing process she had to be still. She had to allow me to care for her. I had to clean and dress the wound and she had to be still and experience the love and care she needed. LESSON!!!

The first part of healing is being still. It’s in those still moments where the Most High is caring and nurturing you.

Be still, and know that I am Yah; I am exalted among nations, I am exalted in the earth! (Psalms) 46:10

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Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – July 2020

Over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions & opportunities open or with deadlines in July 2020.

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – July 2020

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Black Lives Matter: Six Poems

Poetry can often channel grief, pain, solidarity, and resistance in ways that everyday language can’t.

Black Lives Matter: Six Poems

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Feature Friday presents: Zerahyah, “A Mother’s Pain”..

Hey there lovely people. Its been a minute. But we are back at it again with another one. Yes, that’s right it’s Feature Friday!!! We have a previous guest and she is back at it again with another poem. That’s right, she was our first feature Friday guest. I present to you Zerahyah, “A Mothers Pain”. Dont forget to check out Zerahyah’s first poem here.

A Mother’s Pain

I raised two black men

Where according to society, their first sin was being born with melanated skin…

They where guilty at their first breath.. labeled as the least desirable…

Apart of a class with no intellect, Maafa 21 explains it best..

I was impregnated with a stigma.. the worlds most hated species… the ones that planned parenthood let slip away…

I been sleeping lightly since that day..

I had to ready myself for the battles ahead.. cause I know society wants my seeds dead..

They say white privilege ain’t a thing.. tell that to my men who was born at the root of racism suffeRING..

The risk of being killed in the street or traffic stop.. under the distress of some racist trigger happy cop..

All under the words of the justice not meant for us..

Born scarred hated by people with black hearts..

We are fighting a war we didn’t start..

I’m prepared to hold court in the streets.. with the men I birthed side by side on our feet..

Photo Copyright © 2020 Zerahyah Ysrayl

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National Poetry Month!!!

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Who Am I…

Hello lovely people!!!

Thats right its Sunday and since we are all in our homes trying to stay safe and healthy, I figured that I drop a poem for you all. There is a challenge that is happening across Instagram and Facebook called the, “Who Am I Challenge”. The idea is for all poets to write a poem and upload a video onto either platform with you performing it. If you are tagged by a poet you have 24 hours to respond with our poem. I was not tagged I wanted to jump right in there and shoot my shot. So I did.

Here is a video of my poem, “Who am I”…

So, WHO ARE YOU!!

Let’s keep this thing going! Post your Who Am I poem!!

If you post a poem on Instagram and or Facebook make sure you link it under #whoamichallenge!!

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Feature Friday Presents: Nicolas Correa, “Break up with you (Secondhand Serenade -Fall for you)”

That’s right lovelies its FEATURE FRIDAY!! Here at No Line Left Behind we support poets near and far. So help me welcome our next feature this week, Nicolas Correa with his poem, “Break up with you (Secondhand Serenade – Fall For you)”. Before we jump right into his poem. Y’all know we have to ask some questions to get to know him.

So, what is your name and where are you from?

My name is Nicolas Correa.My poetry name is “The Withdrawn.” I was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. Shout outs to the Lower East Side! I currently am living in Buffalo, NY right now.

Okay, New York in the house!!! What do you believe the poets purpose is?

I believe the poets purpose is to communicate through self-expression what the heart and soul senses through words. In writing it all comes from these two places. The poets purpose is to aid in what we as human beings were put on this Earth to do: spread love, kindness, to help each other, connect, learn. Every day we learn how to do these things–how to communicate and understand each other and the world around us. We never reach a day where we are like, “Aha! I’ve mastered the art of spreading love!” Not at all. The process of connecting and learning doesn’t ever just stop. 

Oh yes, I completely agree. How long have you been writing and do you partake in any other creative writing?

I have been writing for about 16 years, but have been writing poetry for about 13. My writing started as small raps, stories, and comic books. I actually still have my journal from 4th grade in really great condition which is awesome. I love to journal, sing, rap, write my own songs. I’m always looking for new and creative ways to expand my writing.

Super dope, what would you like people to know about poetry?

It’s pure, it’s from inside, it’s safe, it’s up, it’s down, it’s left, it’s right, and in my case, it’s me. When people tell me they write but aren’t very good, I always tell them that there is no bad writing. It’s YOUR truth, and that’s what matters. People will never be able to understand your writing the way you do, the way your heart does. I speak my truth and speak the truth for others as well. At first it was hard for me write without inspiration, but I’ve grown to a point where I am inspired every single day. Now it’s easy for me to write on the spot. This year might be my most creative year yet, and the year just started. I’ve realized it’s also ok to speak on experiences that you have not personally dealt with, so as long as you don’t claim that that is your reality. Be truthful and be genuine. You can write from whatever perspective you want whether it be a mother from Florida, a crab on the beach in Hawaii, a piece of cheese LOL. Art is all about creativity.

Creativity is key. I am happy 2020 has been productive for you, yassss! Do you have a favorite poet and why do you choose them?

Man. My favorite poet would have to be Kendrick Lamar. I’ve known about this dude long before he blew up. I can’t just ever see him as a rapper. He’s bigger than that. If you look at his choice of words, the way he flows over these instrumentals, his eyes, his passion expressed through his facial expression and body, it’s just like, wow. It’s crazy when you think about a project and how much younger you were than the artist when listening to it, and then listen to the project again when you’re at the age the artist was when he/she created it. You understand it differently; It resonates differently. Dot is on a whole other level. What a blessing it is for God to have given us such a talented soul. 

Kendrick Lamar is a dope artist. Do you have any upcoming events?

I do! I actually perform at some local open mic places in the Buffalo area. You can find the dates posted on the 1st of every month on all my social media accounts. I am looking to eventually try some open mics out in Canada since they aren’t very far. Shout outs to the supporters in Canada!

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Now lets get to the this awesome poets work. Show some love and support for, “Break up with you (Secondhand Serenade – Fall For You)”, by Nicolas Correa.

Break up with you (Secondhand Serenade – Fall For You)

John Vesely said,

”The best thing about tonight is that we’re not fighting,”

and I wish we could relate,

cause it feels like almost every single day you come to me with a reason as to why I am deserving of this mental beating.

And I start to believe it—that I deserve this,

that I am the piece of shit you make me out to be or,

that the reason you’re like this, we’re like this,

is because of me.

You suspect me of things but wait you’re the one who would cheat,

I mean fuck,

you have all my social media passwords, and want updates on my schedule in and out of work, the hell you even have a copy of my keys.

You want a list of all my friends but I don’t have any cause you talked me into putting those relationships to an end,

and now I have no one cause they all think I chose you over them…

…you over them.

Said we didn’t need anyone else cause it was always us till the end.

Last night mom asked me about the bruise on my arm again,

”You know, just playing with the guys,” I said.

Last night God asked me about the condition of my heart again,

”It’s doing just fine,” I said.

I can’t cry in front of you or in front of anybody else, not even myself, cause you taught me it isn’t ok to be pussy.

You made me read a book on how to be a better man in this world cause you thought it would be a good read.

You broke it down to my exhausting brain that love is the only thing we would ever need to survive,

but why the fuck am I so tired?

I don’t even pray like I used to anymore, I don’t really care if I die.

Does anyone else know what it’s like to have someone control the food you consume cause they think you’ve gained too much weight since they’ve gotten with you?

Or when and how long you should sleep like hello, does anybody else hear me?!

Or does no one hear me because I’m only crying inside?

I guess the smile on my face isn’t an obvious disguise.

I’m not sure I fully understand or know exactly what love is but,

this that you taught me,

this is not it.

So tonight will be the night that I break up with you.

Pushing, toxicity aside.

I won’t stay with you another day, I swear I’m through,

cause a girl like you should not be in my life.

Tonight will be the night that I break up with you.

Pushing, toxicity aside.

I won’t stay with you another day, I swear I’m through,

cause a girl like you should not be in my life,

should not be in my life.

Photo Copyright © 2020 Nicolas Correa

For all things Nicolas you can follow him at the links below:

Website:  https://www.thewithdrawn.com/  
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thewithdrawn  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheWithdrawn  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewithdrawnofficial  
Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/mrmusicheadd  
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC11_l8Pke5Wvjs3HMv41jug?view_as=subscriber (work in progress)

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In Excess…

Good Morning. What a lovely morning it is!!! I wanted to share a little poetic praise this awesome Shabbat Morning.

You love me in excess
I drown in the overflow of your love
And there is so much of you I have yet to experience
I live in the overflow of your presence
You love me in excess of your patience and I am still
You love me in the excess of kindness and I smile with freedom on my teeth
You love me with more joy and peace than i can hold
I drown in the excess of you
You love me in excess and its never too much
Yah you love me past full
This cup overflows with you
I desire the overflow
Fill me with you
Love me in excess
You love me gentle
And soften my heart
I highly surrender
You Yah love me in excess and its never too much
I am healed in your excess
Free in your excess
Delievered in your excess
Brand new in your excess
You could never love me too much
Your excess is amazing
I surrender to your excess love
Love me in excess
I want the overflow of you
And there is so much of you I have yet to experience
In excess

©2020 Tehilayah Ysrayl

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Newness

Every morning you paint the sky a new masterpiece. At dawn your mercy new. At dusk your favor poured out.

Everyday you water the ground and nurture the earth a new harvest. A new first, a new beginning.

Will you paint me a masterpiece? Awaken a new dawn in me for mercy to dwell in? Pour out your favor on my setting?

Water me, nurture me and I will be a new harvest, a first and a beginning.

-Tehilayah

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