Cornbread Loving 6/30


I can teach you to love through a pan of cornbread dressing This is the type of lesson that begins the night before Updated for health reasons Grab the largest pan you can find The type that looks like it can hold at least five gallons, Even if you don’t use all the water it’s…

Burning Leaves in Memory 5/30


I’ll never forget the smell of fresh burning leaves in the fall Smells like grandma Like Kiera, if you don’t get outside right now and rake those leaves I used to put lines in the dirt just to make it look clean It didn’t even matter that our laundry was hung in the front yard…

Forbidden Fruit 3/30


I should have never touched it I should have never tasted it Never savored the delicacy of its flavor languishing across my lips I should have kept my distance Observed it from afar allowing it to bask in its radiance But it called me ever so softly Beckoned my name in whispers only I could…

Still Marching For Justice 2/30


On the 4th day of the 4th month of the 40th year of your life April 4, 1968 Thinking of your decision to join the Poor People’s Campaign I wonder if you knew… That some decisions ain’t have to be made Some choices don’t come back All ain’t fair in love and war cause human…

Fight or Flight 1/30


The fight-or-flight response is a physiological reaction that happens in response to a perceived harmful event or situation What could be seen as a threat to survival I have been in flight all my life Running to, away from, in response or a reaction of… Since I left home I have been running towards the…

Fertile Ground Book Signing & Staged Reading


Come out for a night of live music, poetry, and conversation as author Nykieria Chaney performs a staged reading of Fertile Ground. A book of love found and lost. Heartache and heartbreak. Dream chasing and disappointments. Ambition and resolve. Grandmother tales and life lessons. Tributes to those gone too soon and inspiration for those tired…