LIFE

There’s a traffic jam in my mind

my thoughts are overflowing

I can’t see what’s in front of me

even though my eyes are wide open

so I braille the dotted line

and I find Life signed.

Life

throwing curb balls, so I’m swinging

life taps me on the shoulder

saying that’s strike two

one more and you’re out

now fear is resounding in my ears loudly

got them ringing

Yeah, yeah life had me so low

that I was at ground level

Life laughed thinking it defeated me

but in it’s darkness the sky shown brightly

off my tongue the winds blew a whispered word Jesus loudly

now in His glory I revel.

Life is a must until we die

so for battle I’m armed

oh what a friend I’ve found in Jesus

the one who controls life solely

His gift to me everlasting

now looking back at life I laugh, spread my wings and to Heaven I fly.

HOOD RICH ~ A POEM

Hair laid to the nines,

Reppin the millionaires from head to toe

but clueless how to be one

pushing a whip on twenty fours

with all the bells and whistles

living in a constant state of false reality

where denial is always fine

Just Hood Rich

seriously representing an exclusive club

that fake persona

Hood Rich

but you’re living in the projects

waiting on the first and the fifteenth

selling your food stamps

cause you robbed Peter to pay Paul

all for a false status

Hood Rich

while your babies three mealing ramen noodles like they gourmet

taking care of the new baby daddy

when you going to wake up, realize when its not flaccid it’s erect

and in his eyes you’ll never earn respect

dropped out of school cause it wasn’t the place to be

now you five points from passing the GED

talking in a language you say is English, huh, for real

I don’t understand it so I know others don’t comprehend it

Just Hood Rich

a million dollars inside a book

but you can’t find it

cause you can’t read it

neck rolling, finger snapping and a funky attitude

girl you couldn’t impress with that first impression to save your life

always knocking a sister’s stuggle when you struggling

how you going to kick someone that’s down

when you too are on the ground

twenty dollars for lying on your back  ain’t paid

income is income cause at your next DHS appointment

they don’t care how it’s made

you got to report that

Just Hood Rich

you say don’t knock what you do

but here’s a hint and a clue

that shit you do ain’t truly helping you

life’s hard and we all are far from perfect

but if you going to struggle, let it be a true struggle

life’s about sacrifice

children should be number one and them we protect

cause one day you’re going to look in their eyes and see nothing but regrets

Just Hood Rich

ain’t nothing but a persona and one you can live without

an illusion of a social status

that has been bought, paid and sold for your soul

you can’t keep up with the J’s and the Bey’s

cause they rich and not just Hood Rich

often imitated but never duplicated

can’t you see

ain’t nothing wrong with the struggle

if you’re struggling to be a better you

free yourself from that fairy

because after all it’s just a story

Hood Rich ain’t the life

it’s definitely not a thriller

it’s like a thief in the night it comes to steal, kill and destroy

so dig deep within and release your inner smartness

let education be your filler

cause when all is said and done

Hood Rich is just a complicated bitch.

 

Wrong Kind of Change: It Does Take A Village

The latest story of bullying regarding Karen Klein, the elderly school bus monitor by seventh grade boys quickly took me back to my childhood.  So much has changed, however, all change is not necessarily good.  Watching the video, I could not help but get emotional.  I thought of my grandmother and mother, then my emotions swiftly turned to anger.  Mrs. Klein should garner much respect from these youngsters simply because she is an elder.

When I was growing up, never would it have crossed my mind to behave in such a manner toward any adult.  As far back as I can remember, it was stamped in my head to always respect my elders.  If I got out of line while running around the neighborhood and another adult other than my parents or grandparents corrected my behavior, I immediately apologized and straightened up my act.  I also knew that before I made it home, the news of my actions had beat me there and I would be scolded again.  However, now days, if an adult corrects the behavior of a another’s child, that parent will behave in a manner worse than their ill mannered child.  Now days, children do not fear those in authority because parents have decided that friendship is better than raising children according to the Bible standards of spare the rod, spoil the child.  I remember hearing my grandmother say, I would rather my neighbor correct their behavior than the police. 

Guidance and corrective co-parenting has fallen by the wayside with changing times and the destructive path that many of our children are on is prime example of embracing our past cultural ideas and beliefs have been over shadowed by the new age of less parenting.  Proverbs 22:6 says it best, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” It does not mean our children will be perfect little angels, but when we as parents instill in them bibical beliefs, morals, respect and values, even if they do not always comply, they know better and their conscious will tap them on the shoulder.

I love elderly people.  We all can learn tremendously from their wisdom and knowledge.  The elderly have well worn soles from walking and enduring paths many of us can not imagine, but will someday likewise trod. Today on facebook, someone posted a picture of an elderly couple with the caption: “Respect your elders, learn from the people who have walked the path before you.  Respect them because someday and sooner than you could ever imagine you’re going to be old too.”  This a true testament to continuous living. Our elders are one of our most valuable commodities, so let us all give them the respect and honor due and be an active example before our children.  The old African proverb is a timeless one: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

The Immortal Past

It is often said, that it is strange how people only remember the bad things about others.  Only remembering the bad is not strange.  It’s just plain mean and definitely not Christian like.  If I was a hooker selling my treats, I would be talked about.  And, if I cleaned up my act, joined church, help the sick, the poor, and just any other good deed that follows along the Christian path, I would still be talked about.  We all have fallen short of the glory of God and none of us are perfect.

Matthew 6:14-15 tells us, “If you forgive others their wrongs, your Father in heaven will also forgive yours. If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you either.” When someone comes to you and asks for forgiveness, grant it to them and whatever the problem was do not bring it up again.  No, you will not forget, but you can pray to God and ask for it to stay buried and give you strength to move past it.

We must remember there are plenty of stories in the Bible where God used someone who was not considered upstanding and harvested their potential to do his holy will.  For example, Joseph was abused, David had an affair and was a murderer, Rahab was a prostitute, Peter denied Christ and the Samaritan woman was divorced more than once. 

So to all of us imperfect people who have fallen short of God’s glory our paths may have been littered with wrongs, but God is not finished with us yet.  He has given us the strength and mind to be great amongst his people if we only just profess, submit and honor his will.  You may not be what others want you to be, you may not be where you should be, but thank God you’re not be what you use to be.

With life comes change, so embrace it and move forward.  When others are can only see your past, remember today is a better day and the future is brighter when God is directing your path.  When God is for you?  Who can stand against you?  The bible says in Isaiah 54:17, (NKJV) “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment.  You shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from me,” Says the Lord.”