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To My Future Daughter – Shawn Price

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I’ve often hear of girls sob stories,
They have been worn out,
They have been torn apart,
And they have had hands laid on them way too many times for my comfort…

Then I tend to think,
What if that girl was my daughter?
Could I get mad at the ignorant boy who Is probably just taking after his father,
Or would I have to accept that to be simple revenge for the hearts I put mass graves,
Then pissed on, and stomped out,
Or would it just be society…

What could I do to stop her emotions, purity, and self respect from going into coffins,
And to let her know that if she’s not that boys queen, then she’s still my princess,
That she doesn’t need to rush to throw her heart,
Because I can keep it safe on my night stand for her,
That I love her and…

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You Became Seventeen

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You are special very special you are.  Born to bring Joy, Born to bring love

You are unique indeed such a treat. I may not be able to give you all you want

But my love and my heart is for you To make you strong to make you, you.

 

You’ve been through life’s struggles, but I’ve seen your strength shining

Like the bright sunbeam that you are, bold and beautiful Kind and true

Your heart so gentle that’s you.

 

You are now on the edge of childhood and adult, But do not rush to be all grown-up.

Enjoy your youth, grow the memories true

Live with love, peace and happiness too

Make these be the gems to guide you gently through.

 

 Strive to be the best you can, enjoy life and become strong.

Be determined to master your destiny, riding on the Master’s wings

Making it home to eternity.

 

You may not receive the gift you want. You may not get blackberry, tablets or Wearables

But a gift of love to fill your heart, true friends with characters pure

Truly receive gifts that cannot be bought  but gifts that will endure.

I give you again, a gift from my heart love abundantly pure.

 

I give you peace to pass all understanding,

Joy immeasurable, Happiness forever,

Gentleness divine, Meekness abounding,

A truth that’s enduring, And Love Overflowing. 

You are seventeen May you enjoy life’s immortal dream,

Living to see lots more. I love you my daughter, forevermore.

 

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From my heart to yours.

Your Mother.

 

We Were Children Together

ImageSmall we were once, we laughed, we played we rolled in the grass Got wet in the rain. Walked through gullies forbidden, Find paths that were hidden, Roamed the wild woodland. Swam the roaring rivers grand. Pulled sweet sugar cane from moving tucks as they passed along the plain. Made traps for barble doves, Cooked them in sardine tins, washed it down with water from the spring. Tickled each other until we felt the joy, the pain, the laughter, used each other’s toothbrush, Washed each other’s feet. We had no inhibitions, No secret ambitions. Free and spirited Grabbing all the joy life afforded.

 We grew a little more Stood up for each other so we could explore. Each experiencing individuality, as we grew to face our reality. Our paths changed, as we sought to create a niche in society to find our own identity. To support our basic financial necessity, A nurse, a teacher, an operator, an engineer, a doctor or a lawyer. Whichever and whatever path we choose we supported each other selflessly as we each took our course. We bloomed into adulthood, choose our mates some not so kosher, shhh, let me not commentate. Walked the path, we Created our fate and locked our gates Time seemed to be the master whatever was the disaster. Were there still seasons to be there for each other? Was there still time to give and make life better? We even wrote a few letters.

But somehow and somewhere Life proved it was a challenge. We got busier every day. Distance separated us in many ways. We let down the guard, we opened the avenues and the whiplash was wicked, the results inevitable. I miss the joy of your presence in my life. Not just to pay a bill or to pick up when I spill, but your influence sweet your spirit true, the best there is of you. I love you no matter what, that’s our life and we cannot change that. In spite of all there was, is and will be. We are bonded by our blood, cemented by our circumstances, preserved by our past, fired up for the future. We will make it and once again share heart felt laughter. Never to part, oh the sweet welcome from each heart, will be joy and joy forevermore.

 

GiveThanks and Praise to Jah

Prelude: Psalms 68:4 “Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.” In other words always give the Lord your Creator thanks for everything. And do it, full of powerful vybez.

He made di birds and di bees Di flowers of di fields
Di rivers and di streams
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

No badda complain when it no rain No badda get red when you noh
Have no bread
Tragedy come and tragedy go But a noh all di while things a go glow.
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

Some go to school and dem play fool
Some go to college to get some knowledge
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

I took a trip from Kingston to Mobay To see how, Home stay
Di bus wreck mi couldn’t get vex, But a got scared
Is a good thing I had prayed.
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

You son die you had to cry I’m sure you ask Jah,
“WHY?”
But listen mi today that is just di price We all must pay
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

Di wages of sin is death and is through Jah we blow dis breath
yet we sin everyday An we don’t wan pray
So thank Jah for today
Cause wha?
Is a day to give thanks and praise to Jah!
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

On di lighter side On the brighter side We all have gathered here
To give thanks for the year We need to pay homage in fear
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

Veronica Dixon Haase~~~vdh

Acquittal

I climbed a terrible fatal hurdle today

I just realized that I had no friends

Only persons who want to use me

Use me to the very end

Even when upon a broken knee I bend

I took on the struggle all by myself

I got a deep wound in all respects

No one no one not one

To defend

God was indeed merciful

I begged for mercy

And that I got

In measures that friends did not

 

Even when my heart bled

And my case I fed

I laid it plain and 

I laid it straight

 

The jail house would be my home

For another 60 days or so

But was that power enough

To drag them to action

No it was not

They crawled on their bellies

Waiting for the death action

 

I was left to the wolves

of the cold system by friends

Who lingered and pandered

At the brook of circumstances

While I felt in my brain

Prison’s cold grasp,

Choking life into death.

 

Today it all shattered to pieces

My friends turned fiend

They bat their eyes saying

I will understand

But they never did

Some was too bugged down

With effortless shouts

Others crossed at my incessant plea

It’s so obvious they did

Not understand me.

 

But like the mercy I received today

I hope I can repay

By extending an olive branch

To mend and heal brokenness

To exonerate in gentle jumps

To reduce this hardened lump

Lord show to me the path