01 Jun

Death of Democracy Published in Dissident Voice

I was thrilled to have my poem Death of Democracy accepted and published in the May 28th online edition of Dissident Voice for their weekly poem. What an honor to have this piece appreciated and shared in this way. You can see the poem on Dissident Voice here at Dissident Voice.

This poem was written in early May 2017 as I watched the rumbling of our democratic foundations and pondered how democracy dies, bit by bit, and will go the way of other powerful civilizations unless she is helped and aided by those who believe in her. If you like this poem, you may like my longer (epic length) poem called The Castle and Her Lady which is in Resist Persist.

Death of Democracy

12 Apr

Out of Apathy (Poetry)

Out of Apathy is an original poem written and shared by Bernette Sherman.

It is available in Resist Persist (May 23, 2017) on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XT2MKDX.

Bernette will be sharing writing and poetry from her inspirational book Heaven is Now: Enough Excuses and Resist Persist at the Book Signing and Reading on April 29th at the Book House in Mableton, GA. If you are in the metro Atlanta area, please come out to meet me and two other local authors.

06 Apr

Whisper in the Wind (Poem Sample)

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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

 

The keyboard does no justice

Yet it is where I am

My canvas to paint a better world

With vivid color, brush the land

 

(Full poem in Resist Persist book – releases May 2017)

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You might also enjoy this video of calming and relaxing ocean waves and breeze.

26 Mar

Would the World Care?

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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!

missing-dc

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

be put on the top of a growing pile

of cases deprioritized

because she doesn’t fit the profile

of one demanding attention?

Is her innocence compromised

because of her appearance?

Is she judged as unworthy

because of her parents?

Does the world, by its inaction

tell her, her life doesn’t matter

and let the curtain fall?

 

Or do good men and women

Those with hearts for all

Those who vow to equality and justice

Those sworn to protect the innocent

and bring right to the wrong;

do they rise up and search out

the dark corners and seedy places?

Ask the questions that are required

And persist because she’s worth it?

As they all are, as we all are

Because I know that decent people

who work to make things better

in DC face sleepless nights

and for that I thank you

But call up the press and do not stop

Before their picture’s on every station

Newspapers front page and radio

Shout out and tell the nation

Our girls our missing

Your daughters gone

We must find them

Bring them home

-Bernette Sherman

25 Mar

New Poetry Book – Resist Persist – Available Soon!

Preorder resist persist now

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.)

25 Mar

Resist Persist: A Special Collection of Poetry Available

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 on Creative Core and to get my upcoming single free. (It will be releasing this Spring if all goes just right.)

02 Mar

School Break – In Under 30 Minutes

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

And sometimes it’s an, “I’ll help if you’ll help.

Hampers are full and folding’s not done”

Before I can say anymore, he’s gone

Ten minutes later my youngest returns

Mommy Mommy, guess what

Yes, what is it, my son

Nothing, room’s clean and I’m ready for fun

Bed’s made, clothes off the floor, toys put away?

Yes yes and yes that means I’m done for the day

(I can’t even) Please let me just think

If you’re done with breakfast, put your dishes in the sink

Then can I have a snack and watch TV?

I hesitate a millisecond

It’s 7:21, caffeine still needs more time

Mommy? Mommy?? Mommy???

Not yet, go get a book to read

Awww, I don’t want to do that

Well you’re supposed to, everyday

But why? It’s the first day of break

So I can wake up enough to think

And so your brain doesn’t waste away

Then can I please watch TV?

I shake my head in disbelief

Maybe we can go look for a cat

Or go scooting in the courts

I down the last ounce, it’s 7:24