Whisper in the Wind (Poem Sample)

Whisper in the Wind (Poem Sample)

Main Blog, Poetry
Whisper in the Wind My hands glide across the keyboard and yet I stare at nothing Inspiration sapped by desperation What words can I even say? Does nothing mean anything?   My tears dot the “I” I cannot, I will not leave the keys Something may yet come forth But I’m not supposed to let it It isn’t polite to speak such things or in that way   Smile and wave that’s how you do it, get through it One more day Smile and wave   Stuff it down Cuz my irritation isn’t welcome here Never was Will it ever be?   Will anyone ever care to hear? That I’m tired and sometimes angry At the ignorance and lies At arrogance and pompous clowns Who have never lived real life…
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Would the World Care?

Would the World Care?

Main Blog, Poetry
Here's a list with a couple more missing DC girls and the poem I wrote this morning as I feel some kind of way. After writimg this I channeled my emotions in the studio that morning. Whew! My daughter is 14 and if we were in DC this could be her. She's the one who did the art for the poetry book cover coming out soon. She is vibrant and thoughtful and loving and I wonder: If the world would care if someone just up and snatched her away? Would the world care if she didn't come home because she's black and 'they' do things like that? Would people search in droves like they do for girls with straighter hair and lighter skin? Or would her case and my pleas…
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New Poetry Book – Resist Persist – Available Soon!

New Poetry Book – Resist Persist – Available Soon!

Main Blog, Poetry
I'm excited to announce that my first book of complete poetry will be available soon as an ebook. You can pre-order now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XT2MKDX. The book includes poetry that challenges our ideas around involvement, activism, peace, and living now. We can resist and still persist. This is a personal collection with most works written in the last few years, sprinkled with a few that span more than a decade. A glimpse into my own complexities, this book will leave you inspired to be an active participant in this inter-sectional and complicated existence called life. Oh and be sure to pre-order and save your receipt to either send for $10 off class registration and to get my upcoming single  free. (It will be releasing this Spring if all goes just right.)
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Ready to Soar

Inspiration, Main Blog, Poetry
 Ready to Soar by Bernette Sherman     She sits atop a mountain The view she holds is grand The wind refreshing and pure The rock cool beneath her fingers   She inhales, she exhales Her breath shallow with the altitude Her heart pounding like a drum Anticipation   Potential explodes within her chest She dreams of flying from this peak Watching a beautiful world As she soars as if on eagles’ wings   Still she sits quietly Like ice warming, melting The energy slowly flowing Knowing where she stands (Included in Heaven is Now: Enough Excuses)
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Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing – Part Two

Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing – Part Two

Main Blog, On Writing
Read part 1 Scroll to bottom for video of part 1 As I mentioned in part one, time and promotion are reasons I’m considering pursuing a traditional publisher. I’ll start with time. There are many writers who work full-time and then write in what little spare time remains. I count myself lucky that I consider being a writer, speaker, and coach my full-time work. Even with that, the time to write is impeded on because of all those things mentioned above – remember the re-writing, editing, re-editing, beta-reading, etcetera. This is where I think a traditional publisher has the edge. That mess takes time. A heck of a lot of time. Time I could use writing another book or first re-write of maybe the other 3 books that are written…
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Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing – Part One

Main Blog, On Writing
Being a self-published author isn’t all rainbows, bubbles, and blue skies. As I delve into taking my music from my computer to something more public, I'm learning that being an indie artist of any kind isn't.  (Don't hold your breath just yet). In fact, being a published indie author is often hard, long, thankless work to create something that it is quite possible no one else will read. The countless hours add up as you write, re-write, find an editor (or three or four), edit, edit again, find beta-readers, incorporate feedback, revise again. You get the point, and I haven’t even gotten to covers and promoting your work. It’s no picnic on the serene edge of a beautiful lake with luscious greenery as a backdrop while you sip on cool…
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FREE Creative Core Studio Preview Class – March 30 (Register Now)

Classes and Workshops, Main Blog
Creative Expression Through Words Thursday March 30 6:30pm to 8:30pm Suggested for Teens, Young Adults, and Above Learn about Creative Core and Studio Create/develop poem, short story, or monologue Share work with the group and parents (if desired) Raffle for all participants Register by March 29 for special raffle Online registration ends 12 noon on March 30 Bring something to write with and your creativity REGISTER
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School Break – In Under 30 Minutes

Main Blog, Poetry
School Break – In Under 30 Minutes       The youngest comes in and plops down Mommy, I'm ready to eat How about cereal No thanks, I'll have an omelet please He points to my head as I scramble eggs Mommy, is your hair turning gray I'm not answering that Mommy, when are we getting a cat? I don't know when, but we will soon Please, please please, can we go today   I shake my locs and sip my homemade latte Mommy can I have a snack You didn't finish breakfast If you're hungry eat that I’m not hungry. Can I have some juice No, why don't you go clean your room Will you help me, please please please Depending on mood it’s a no, yes or maybe…
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Thought to Form

Inspiration, Main Blog
At the center of everything lies creativity. Through the process of creating we move from thoughts to expression taking form. That form is what drives our very existence and encouraging the release of our thoughts and ideas to form through the arts is a part of the greatest defining qualities of humanity.  
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