We Are Human

“In this culture, the phrase ‘black woman’ is not synonymous with ‘tender,’ or ‘gentle.’ It’s as if those words couldn’t possibly speak to the reality of black females.”—Bell Hooks It’s Women’s History Month and since I’m degreed in political science and history while also once teaching history, we might as well get into it.  Also,…

Fool’s Paradise

Chapter 4 Gold or Diamonds. Mallory wasn’t one for much jewelry. She didn’t have time to fuss with clasps or posts. The daughter of an engineer and a pediatrician never had much time to play around. Academics was the most important thing in the Holt household followed closely by playing a sport and volunteering. She…

Half Full

Bright-eyed and full of wonderment You get released in the world with a piece of paper and well-wishes A glass full of hopes, dreams, and aspirations Onto a playing field rigged with landmines and grenades Stripping you of that youthful guise and candy-coated line of thinking No longer believing that hard work will get you…

The Wedding Guest

The day she received the invitation in the mail left her footsteps rooted at the curb Social media broke the news of the engagement She knew the nuptials were sure to come But to be invited to the ceremony wasn’t even in the realm of possibility Not the with sordid history she had with the…

Fool’s Paradise

Chapter 3 Emptiness greeted her at the door. The silence of the newly constructed suburban adobe shouldn’t be welcomed after the busy day filled with endless small talk and catching up with old patients she hadn’t seen in months but it wasn’t. Mallory wished for something more. Prayed for something more. She wanted to be…

Monday Mantra

Doubt will not deflect my goals Fear will not force me to stop the pursuit of my journey My dream is in my reach I will be the person I wish to be

Fool’s Paradise

Chapter 2 Time soared by. Morning quickly morphed into the evening and Mallory finally wished the last patient ado. She swapped her lab coat for the brown blazer hanging on the coat rack in her office. The room in the back of the clinic shined under the radiant sun pouring into the windows behind the…

A Midweek Vacay

There were many places she needed to be But this was the one place she wanted to be Under vast sky basking in the hot summer sun She felt all the stresses of life slid down her collarbone With the sweat that percolated from her dermis She was in splendor Her bare feet submerged in…