Living The Dream

Sharing my alter ego again.  Hope you like it.

Black Pride

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Pic courtesy of http://www.womenology.com

 

-Michael Cleaves

Living The Dream

Got up from the Woolworth’s lunch counter, messy with condiments;

Used prints to create a dashiki

Marched all over the southern land, sight-saw strange fruit;

created jazz

Mixed in my education, like a Benetton ad;

uplifted my community

Wore black boots, with black caps, called myself a Panther;

hypnotised a world with Black Power

Unleashed my abundant hair, called myself Beautiful;

introduced a ‘fro

Police stomped my face, sent shepards called German after me;

mainstreamed Rap

Threw my fist in the air like an Olympian, receiving gold;

started profiling

Remembering that dream hasn’t been easy, changing a klan cherished history;

Rap got gangsta’

Beaten even when one couldn’t breathe, now black lives matter;

Confused as to whether we are beginning anew, causes we forgot to remember?

 

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The Root of Wisdom: A Tanka

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pray, work, clean, love, truth

elders educate the young

fierce, hard, well, deep, tough

adjectives add to the first

blood roots,  wise ancient beings

Links to Women’s History

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Portrait courtesy of untilitsallgone.com

If I were a woman in the midst of history, as Mrs. Michelle Obama is in this portrait.  Crossing that veil, how would I start a conversation?  I envision a party in a grand room.

In my mind, Luther Vandross is playing; yes I know he’s not a woman–But he’s Luther…we women love him.

Flowers are everywhere, roses of all colors, rare blooms, smells wonderful.

The room has an open floor plan, and is bright and well lit, with portraits of unnamed women throughout time, who’ve fought on the behalf of all people.  I read names and take notes, I will research these ladies later.

I walk over to groups and join conversations…here are some excerpts of my comments:

Bessie Coleman (aviator, first black women to hold a pilot’s license)

“How is Mae Jemison doing?  You’d both be pleased to know we have so many female pilots and astronauts now.  Why don’t I fly?  Well, cause I truly fear heights, but I’ve been a passenger.”

Katherine Durham (choreographer, educator, activist)

“Have you met Rihanna?, she puts her money where her heart is.”

Maya Angelou (poet, author, civil rights activist)

“I’ve missed you, do you know I just began writing too; although I know I couldn’t be as honest and open as you.”  

Rosa Parks (the first lady of civil rights)

“Just so you know, all teens now choose to sit at the back of the bus.”

Dorothy Height (educator, activist, fought for rights of black women) and Mary McLeod Bethune  (educator, activist, established a private school for black children)

Oprah Winfrey established a school for black girls in South Africa; and recently someone asked her if she’d consider the presidency.  I think she’d win.” 

Dorothy Dandridge (actress, dancer, first black female Academy Award nominee for Best Actress)

“Girl,  Viola Davis is kicking Academy butt, and she’s not light skinned; she’s changing what Hollywood thinks about sexy.  She wears her hair natural, in public! That caused all kinds of media drama.”

Ida B. Wells Barnett (journalist, editor, suffragist)

“You would have so much fun protesting in this era, when new policies seek to turn back time.”

Althea Gibson (first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis)

Serena and Venus Williams are great players, yet I still hear them booed in some stadiums; doesn’t stop them from slaughtering opponents though.  I love when they win in pairs.”

Josephine Baker (singer/entertainer, french resistance) and Mahalia Jackson (the queen of gospel, civil rights supporter)

Lady Gaga said, she’s just trying to change the world one sequin at a time, you guys would love her style; she’s fought for marriage rights for all.  Selena Gomez supports UNICEF, helping at risk children around the world.  Ariana Grande speaks out on the rights of women to be as human as men, which we would all agree is long overdue.”

As you would imagine, the party ends much too soon.  If you were in the room, who would you seek to speak with and what would you say?

Women Who Live Vivid Lives

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Live a life so vivid its illumination shines lights on generations yet to come.”

-E. R. Smith

Celebrate women’s history month.  Remembering Maya Angelou

 

Center Yourself

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Center yourself, breathe

reach out to ancestors for strength

new history,  you can’t believe

has one at rope’s length

Center yourself, pray

archangels stand readily armed

call on power of The One Creator

so no nation may be harmed

Center yourself, believe

 ideals in parchment and stone

cherished by the multitude 

who call this nation home

Center yourself, laugh

see humor in argument

gasping tears into wet drawers

best medicine for turbulent 

Haiku on Arid

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colossus-of-rhodes
A redesigned Colossus of Rhodes statue.http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a18877/architects-want-to-rebuild-colossus-of-rhodes/

Haiku on Arid

Liberty bone dry

Mother of Exiles squall tossed

takes down welcome sign.

Living The Dream

-Michael Cleaves Living The Dream Got up from the Woolworth’s lunch counter, messy with condiments; Used prints to create a dashiki Marched all over the southern land, sight-saw…

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