Poetry samples by Author Tanisha L. Herrin.
What Does Black History Mean To Me?
I couldn't imagine living during a time when rules were so strict
And the color of your skin created such controversy and conflict
If you were dark you were treated differently and unfair
By those who had no heart simply because they didn't care
We may have been called stupid or ignorant if we had no education
Times we tried to do something positive with ourselves we faced complication
Our ancestors have been through pain and suffering for so long
It amazes me what they've gone through- to me they were strong
Then came along the black brothers and sisters who paved the way
The inventors, creators, those who made their mark for us to stay
They didn't care what anybody said about the color of their skin
Moving forward they had hope, strength, motivation, and self-discipline
There are people who ask,” Is it really necessary to have a month to celebrate?"
Why not acknowledge African Americans whose contributions were more than great
In the present and even the future, what they did for society in the past
Will leave a mark for generations to come that will forever last
So if you have to ask, "What does black history mean to me?"
Well I can say that I have a better idea of what it means to be free!
Things have gone from bad to worst
Its almost like you have been cursed
When hope is alive it guides you through
Good things that happen just seem to good to be true
Living in frustration
Through pain and aggravation
Brings on complication
In any situation
Its difficult to think straight
Trying to focus and concentrate
Being dragged by excess weight
Its hard to be patient and wait
Energetic on my feet with no slack
Under pressure and not wanting to crack
Positive thoughts will keep me on track
Steer me away from turning into a maniac
I know I need to break away
From all the stress, anxiety, and dismay
Something to make me feel better today
While I wait for things to get better someday
A Rainy Day
Rainy days remind me of
lost feelings and thoughts
that fall out of place and collect
themselves later on.
Related thoughts grow
into a puddle with a splash in which
they make themselves visible.
But if you don't act on them
or let them sit to long
they begin to dissipate or disappear
into a mind that is lost.
Wasted energy, wasted fuel
because the mind is mentally disfigured;
it mistakes elements that should nurture
as elements acidic to the life line of the mind.
Positive characteristics that stand out effortlessly
Admire is to wonder
Qualities about you stay in my mind...
I applaud you when you stand up for yourself.
I idolize you for showing true strength.
I praise you as you have a way of helping and giving to others.
I commend your efforts when things don't always go your way.
I appreciate your kind, encouraging words.
I hold dearly the moments when you made me feel good about myself.
I adore your funny personality.
I respect you for being original, just for being yourself.
Beauty is defined from within.
Sights pleasing to the eyes, exquisite, suave, and simple
Scents that may bring fond memories and relaxing thoughts
Spoken words of compassion, kindness in compliments
Listening to a delightful voice singing to mellow music
Touches that are soft, gentle, soothing to the fingertips
To give support when it's needed at the most.
Enlighten the heart with confidence
Nourish a spirit with good words
Contribute thoughts that will inspire
Ongoing support to keep you moving
Understanding struggles that arise
Restore hope to those who don't believe
Assure them that things will be okay
Guidance that will watch over you
Emphasis on efforts put in
I am a person of wisdom,
I am a person of faith,
I am a person of strength,
I am a person of
I am a mother,
I am a daughter,
I am a granddaughter,
I am a niece,
I am intelligent,
I am ambitious,
I am sophisticated,
I am humble,
I am thoughtful,
I am caring,
I am humorous,
I am grateful,
I am quiet,
I am warmhearted,
I am hopeful,
I am blessed.
INSPIRATION CAN BE...
A collection of thoughts
Thoughts interpreted into actions
Actions being seen through words
Words that show different
Emotions that can show feelings
Feelings we have felt and shared
Shared with loved ones and those
who have touched us
Touched us in some way, good or
bad inside our hearts
Hearts in good spirits or that have
been torn and repaired
Repaired by words of creative
Thoughtfulness that comes from
Within the body, mind, and soul
Stand up for what you believe in.
We come together
in support of a good cause
to fight for what's right
An outstanding individual
The good work of one
By marks of recognition