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Two women, two sisters

I am a queen among Jamaican women, I wear a crown – Coiled ropes of woolly hair Knotted into regal dreadlocks. They attract glances and cat calls Stiffened my backbone, Proclaimed my identity, Given me protection, Made me free. My … Continue reading

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Duppy

The poem here blends two experiences: confronting a ghost, and staring down a croaking lizard… The poem reflects the internal monologue that occurred while staring into those lifeless looking eyes of that lizard. If you think of the cold stare … Continue reading

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Very Well Done: A guide to offering constructive criticism

The Toastmasters have a way of offering constructive criticism that I endorse fully.  They call it their sandwich approach, and in it, they let their developing speech-maker know about something that (s)he did well, then they speak about the areas … Continue reading

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Overcoming Disappointment

“Disenchantment, whether it is a minor disappointment or a major shock, is the signal that things are moving into transition in our lives.”  – William Throsby Bridges I have gone through a very rough patch in recent times and though … Continue reading

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Bliss

My soul welcomes yours, its mate, to this space – A wondering touch, awe at life’s beneficence. Afraid of being vulnerable, yet embracing possibility; whole at last, what joy, true bliss! A lifetime lived in longing, searching; unsure of my … Continue reading

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Stroke

My hands stroke your body, Skin on skin, I learn who you are. I heal the breach between us, and make us one. I give life to a new union, two souls, dancing together. My hands feel the firm flesh … Continue reading

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Why do you weep, my friend?

Why do you weep, my friend? Don’t you know that all green leaves would die were it not for the scorching sun, and the beating rain? Would sweet music assail your ear if your violin string were slack, or if … Continue reading

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