Dare You To Look

happy valentine's day

Have you ever stopped to think

in the seconds of a blink

or perhaps just closed your eyes

and seen the inside of your lids

in your deepest roundest thoughts

beyond words, silliness & flaws

I am enough to make a difference

Beyond the years of youthful innocence

for if a mustard seed can grow

a single drop make ripples flow

and a molecule can matter

your presence worthy like no other

A word may heal a heart

a piece perceived as broken parts

from obscurities ingrained

to opportunities not vain

and if a cell becomes a life

and a fetus smaller than my hand

can become the girl I am

than what’s to say that what you do

will never make a difference for you

for if you look within the lids

beyond thoughts & given flaws

you may find in deepest scenes

the person you most seek

is the person living within

if you simply dare to see

with the eyes that sleep within

you may find beyond damnation

there exists a beautiful creation

and when you find what you look for

do not hide or think, this has no worth

for the drop that sleeps within

will breed the ripples of your being

the life within does matter

Always step and dare go further

For in life those who made a change

were once the smallest mustard seed

the drops before the ripples

they simply dared

to look within

 

 

 

 

 

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Love is…

happy valentine's day

Love is an emotion

perhaps an intentional equation

to care, share and feel appreciated

not to judge or make another intimidated

Love is freedom

it does not bind, wind or feel twisted

to allow another to be themselves

is maturity within, embracing ourselves

Love is caring

For the happiness of another

to show that they matter

and in that selfless gesture

we release any pressure

Love is not perfect

It has room for imperfection

for perfection is protection

of unrealistic expectation

and in darkness alienation

Love is kind

and I do not believe it is blind

for to be blind is to be in lust

but to see through trials and imperfection

through struggles and connotations

through doubts and skeptical fears

through smiles and perhaps unshed tears

through moments of feeling for granted

through moments of feeling ill wanted

what remains beyond that threshold

is the person who sees you at your worst

who smiles at your best

through all of lives silly tests

and chooses to say

Love

when you find that

keep that

but know this truth I learned

you must give yourself

that Love

First

Lest We Forget

lest we forget

Lest We Forget our personal worth
Through the lyrics or words
through the moments or songs

Lest We Forget our identity from within
through allies and foes
through silence and words

Lest We Forget our purpose in life
through attractions distractions
through fads and excitement

Lest We Forget our persona truth
not stemming from youth
but the soul alive in growth

Lest We Forget our personal essence
Not images imposed
or rhetorical scorn

Lest We Forget our image in spirit
Not human or Ego
but Divine and Inspired

Lest We Forget we are more than enough
as we become thankful for where we are
and appreciate what is to come

Lest We Forget we are never above another
for who are we to say
You are less than another

Lest We Forget we are never less than another
for who are you to say
I am less than another

Lest We Forget our personal value
we are worthy of joy, happiness, and love
we are worthy of contentment, peace, and beyond

Lest We Forget

LetyM

Who you are….It’s up to you

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It’s good to dream
it’s good to want
without forgetting
who you are.

Life it moves
sometimes will choose
you’ll have no choice
lesson proves

We work for another
We work for a cause
We work for a matter
We work to be recognized

In the hustle and buzzle
and the business of life
we become different people
different places in time

we go into the future
without honoring the past
and in the chaos and conflict
serves unsteady grounds
to forget who we are

It’s good to look foward
with focused convinction
it’s good to recall
to learn from affliction
it’s good to live now
to create for the future

The past holds life’s lessons
identities in words
moments in folds
culture in norms

The future holds life’s destiny
Identities in words
moments in folds
culture in norms

But the present
it’s lived every day
in the smile on a child
in the hand, we give another
in a walk through a park
in the time with a friend
in the way we show love
in the way we wash our hair
in the happiness it brings
the air we choose to breath
when we dry another’s tear
or we push away a fear
in the way we make choices
in the way we speak our voices
in the gestures of our bodies
in the presence of our spirit

We create the future
with every step of today
if we only remember
it’s going to be okay

It’s good to look back
it’s good to look forward
it’s good to look sideways
it’s good to look up
it’s good to want more
it’s good to sit still

and always remember

It’s good to dream
it’s good to want
without forgetting
who we are

LetyM

I AM BEAUTIFUL LIKE ME

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With your long blond hair
and your skin white as snow
your eyes blue, green, or bright
we bleed the same color
and we laugh in the same language
we cry in similar tears
and we care in comparable ways
I am not you
and you are not me
You are beautiful like you
and I am beautiful like me

With your straight dark hair
and your skin slightly dark and light
your eyes dark eyes slightly slanted
we bleed the same color
and we laugh in the same language
we cry in similar tears
and we care in comparable ways
I am not you
and you are not me
You are beautiful like you
and I am beautiful like me

With your hijab covered hair
and your mantras and dark skin involved
your eyes brown and black in color
we bleed the same color
and we laugh in the same language
we cry in similar tears
and we care in comparable ways
I am not you
and you are not me
You are beautiful like you
and I am beautiful like me

With your native hair in color
and your spiritual mother earth guardian
your eyes a history of ages
we bleed the same color
and we laugh in the same language
we cry in similar tears
and we care in comparable ways
I am not you
and you are not me
You are beautiful like you
and I am beautiful like me

With your dark afro and dreadlocks
and your black silky skin
your eyes of history kings and queens
we bleed the same color
and we laugh in the same language
we cry in similar tears
and we care in comparable ways
I am not you
and you are not me
You are beautiful like you
and I am beautiful like me

With my hair black as my mother and father
and my skin brown, the land that gave me birth
my eyes brown/black in reflection
of the roots given from my ancestors
we bleed the same color
and we laugh in the same language
we cry in similar tears
and we care in comparable ways
I am not you
and you are not me
You are beautiful like you
and I am beautiful like me

Hair may change color
from red, black, blond, brown, to gray
skin may vary in tone
from dark, light, in between it’s all the same
a language may be spoken
culture may be chosen
we bleed the same color
and we laugh inthe same language
we cry in simiar tears
and we cre in comparable ways
I am not you
and you are not me
You are beautiful like you
and I am beautiful like me

What if, today you simply chose to be beautiful
like you
because everyday
my brown skin, my black hair
as I look in the mirror
and she looks back at me
I say
I am
beautiful, just as I am
and you are beautiful, in the same form
just as you are

as you look in the mirror

Can you SEE?

LetyM

Give Love

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What we give we receive
what we think we become
what we choose chooses us
what we learn will grow
what will fall will rise
what will rise will fall
what chooses us we can choose
what we become is what we think
what we receive is not always what we give

so live life anyway
smile more often
care to be kind
show love for another
say thank you

for life is but one
to live fully
love openly
forgive quickly
create differently

there is no need to regret
no room to fret
what would have, could have, should have
in the stand of a lonely road
are you really lonely when you are alone?

Did you find the person inside?
or did you buy to the entity of what was told
what was said should fill your soul

did you listen to the words that broke you
did you embrace a world full of thorns

NO, not me, I won’t
I refuse to be sworn
into the abyss of no tomorrows
into the consciousness of pain and sorrow
into the limits of time lost
into the insults and trials past
into the corrosion of minds and souls
into the illusion of darkness as light
into the shaming of bodies and minds

NO, not me, I won’t

What we give we receive
what we think we become
what we choose chooses us
what we learn will grow
what will fall will rise
what will rise will fall
what chooses us we can choose
what we become is what we think
what we receive is not always what we give

but you see life goes on
and if you take a step further
beyond given limits and scorn
you may find the light that is alive
already within your soul

life is to short
not to care, to love, to be kind, ignore lack of worth, not to heal, to live, be vibrant, be happy, love your family, care for your neighbor, text someone they matter, kiss your parents, hug your sons and daughters, create your future

and realize, you are enough

What we give we receive
what we think we become
what we choose chooses us
what we learn will grow
what will fall will rise
what will rise will fall
what chooses us we can choose
what we become is what we think
what we receive is not always what we give
what we….

LetyM

The Beauty of Silence

happy valentine's day

In silence, we hear
the voice from within
that tells us to sing
to dance simply be

 

Sometimes in silence
if we allow our dark shade
it may say you can’t be
you can’t see, how dare you believe

How dare you be more
Don’t you know you are less
have you not concurred
that we shall care less

as I dug and dug deep
from all superficial
I found as a thinker
perhaps thoughts can blister

Beyond all the words
or the sorrows and scorns
As I silenced the mimes
I spoke to the rhymes

that said

You are worthy of self
you are worthy of you
silly girl don’t you see
it all starts from within

As I ran from the shadows
that crept through my skin
I found someone kinder
sleeping within

As she woke on that morning
and returned the next day
as she continuously courting
my confidence sway

from the person I was
to the woman I am
In the beauty of silence
I found her that day

When the few shadows scorn
insecurities slow wanderer
begins to creep into a waking hour
try rest on securities mind

I simply remember
in the moments of silence
the girl that woke
the woman that became
the person that I am
the one who I am yet to be

the love that I am

the love that I give

In the Beauty of Silence

Is the essence within

LetyM

Why I March, Inspired by the women’s March in the US and around the Globe

Healing

In the corners of the madness
a young girl sits in sadness
she was told not enough
I stood up, Why I March

Not skinny enough, too fat
Turn around, I’ll grab your crotch
When I am done, you can go
I stood up, Why I March

You can cook, you can clean
You can do amazing things
You can with my permission
I stood up, Why I March

You can be pretty, but not smart
You can be sexy, but not that much
You can excel and soar, but only so far
I stood up, Why I March

You can be as good as another
You can be better than your brothers
But your wage, does not matter
I stood up, Why I March

Have a voice, but do not speak
Have opinions, but do not share
Have reason, but be unreasonable
I stood up, Why I March

Be bold and wise, but not too much
Be strong and Independent, but only as such
Turn your cheek, don’t you know
silly girl, how it goes
I stood up, Why I March

Conversion Therapy Spoke
of a Treatment to reverse
and shame, convert, shock, shame, convert
while another life and spirit was broke
and the perpetrator sat and spoke
see I told you so
I am better than you, don’t you know
I stood up, Why I March

Her skin was dark as sunset
and her’s as yellow as the sun
her skin was as light as the white page
my keystrokes black and white
as I looked into each color
and each bleeds in the same manner
I could see no divisive pattern
I stood up, Why I March

In the beauty of my skin
In the color of my hair
In the smell of my soul
In the curve of my flow
In the grace of my spirit
In the love of my life
In the power to be fine
In the courage to ignite
In the ability to thrive
In the opportunity, I rise
I took Charge of My Life
I stood up, Why I March

For the Women and girls
For the Men and young boys
For the present and future

For My Daughter and Son
I stood up, Why I March

In The Spirit of The Season

 

Love is

“Of all the virtues, love is the most important, for without it, life would lack life, emotion, healing and growth. It is the necessary element of a fulfilled existence, love for ourselves and another.” LetyM

In the Spirit of the Season

In the mist of many Reasons

To be Either

Hateful or Thankful

Sad or Joyful

Bitter or Better

At War or at Peace

When you look at another

As you look at your brother

Tell me

What do you see?

In the Spirit of the Season

In the mist of many Reasons

Choose to be

Thankful

Choose to feel

Joyful

Choose to Feel

Better

Choose to live

Peace

Regardless of your vision

your belief or religion

Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Atheist or people

if you look at your brother

if you look at another

without labels or greed

Tell me

What do you see?

In the Spirit of the Season

In the mist of many Reasons

Choose

Love

LetyM