African Waist Beads


Waist beads have traditionally been worn by African women since the 15th century. Some of the names of the beaded chains are: Giri-Giri, Yomba, Jigida, Jel-Jelli, Bin Bin, Ileke idi and Djalay Djalay. As much as they have been considered as symbols of sacred knowledge, with healing powers, they have also appeared in offerings for…

iNspire Journal Collection


Where has the time gone? Where have I been and what have I been up to? All great questions. Earlier this year I told myself that I would begin blogging on my personal website instead of here on wordpress. Needless to say, that was not a good idea. I love my personal site but wordpress…

Overflow


I’ll pour love into you Pour love into the deepest parts of you Those hidden, seldom revealed places you’ve held for the most sacred I will love you Beyond reason or rhyme No need for space or time I’ll edify you with prayers in the name of your blessings I will petition God to resurrect…

Way Too Soon


I don’t want to be a cold slab of nothing thrown into the back of an awaiting tin can of a van I do not want to be toe tagged ready for my maker unable to take another breath of life I do not want to meet death without peace of knowing that every aspiration…

Nakupenda


She wanted to see love so I scribed a hundred love poems with her name in every one Left permanent indentions of my intentions that could be seen even when the ink wasn’t present She wanted to smell love so I poured my heart and soul into grandma recipes and served her willingly until the…

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…