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May 2015

Daily Inspiration

Great way to get the day going!!!


Flannery O’Connor


Nikki Giovanni

I’m glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility.
Nikki Giovanni!!nikki-giovanni



Alice Walker




W.E.B. Dubois

There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.

W.E.B. Dubois

Wit and Wisdom of Jackie “Moms” Mabley!

Life is like a game of poker: If you don’t put any in the pot, there won’t be any to take out.
Moms Mabley

This quote though…

Thought for today!

I Have Known Your Lips

I love this poem!!

Elan Mudrow


Ones that have touched me

With a smile

Soft and warm


Lips that have spoken

Of concerns,

Straight talk heard


The shape of a cry

Salt river, running down

To each end of your kiss


Sternness crumpled up

In a wrinkle

Of anger held in


Laughter submerged,

Bursting out

Into raw eruption


Hiding a tongue

Who dares

To search for my inner secrets


Bitten in frustration

Then licked

Back to life, healed


Brushed by fingers

Insecure, then

Trust built of tender breath


Lips heated, a hotness

Quenchless allure

I have been opened


Hushed by the myriad

Articulate silence

Speaks outside the turn


Lips form our orbit

Impressed upon

Paper notes from distance


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