Journey of a Sister features my artwork and poetry; I used my painting ‘My King’ to illustrate Year Five, and my painting ‘Black Orchid’ to illustrate Year 6 (Joint Chapter in the e-book series). In Years 5, a series of fortunate events leads to Suzanne achieving her goal of publishing her first collection of poetry. She learns how to order things from the universe and decides to have fun with it, ordering what she thought was her perfect man. Read an extract from Year 5:
R U ‘The One’?
Whilst out performing one night, one of the organisers of the event told Suzanne about a poetry competition that was open for submissions. They were looking for poets of African descent to include in an Anthology, and the overall winner would get their poetry collection published for free. Suzanne eagerly took down the website details, and the following day, went online to get more information. This was it! This was just what she needed to get her book published; she was sure to win – she could just feel it in her guts!
She called the number. A baritone voice answered.
“Hello, Black Independent Publishers, Solomon speaking, how can I help you?”
“Oh hi Solomon, my name’s Suzanne; I was just calling to get some more information about the competition you’re running.”
“Okay…what would you like to know?”
“Well, I’ve been on the website and viewed the criteria, and, well I just wanted to find out what type of response you’ve had so far?”
“We’re really pleased with the quality of submissions we’ve received so far – are you trying to weigh up your chances of winning?” he asked in an amused tone.
“Well, kind of,” Suzanne confessed.
“Well you’ve got just as good a chance of winning as anybody else – but you’ve got to be in it to win it, so the sooner you enter the better! What type of poetry do you write?” he asked.
“Love poetry mainly; anything to do with relationships.”
“That always goes down well, I’d say go for it! You can recite one for me now if you like, I love poetry,” Solomon requested.
“Really? Well most of my poems are quite long, so I’ll just give you a snippet of one, okay?”
“This one’s called ‘Ode to My King Part 1’ and it’s written in the style of ancient Egyptian poetry, okay?”
“Sounds great so far…”
Suzanne began: “Beloved, what shall I compare you to? Spiritually, you are like a tree standing tall and strong, with roots that go much deeper than our wrong: You remember the richness of our history before slavery, when we ruled as Kings and Queens, scientists and inventors, building empires! And now, you bear the mark of our ancestors; you are strong both physically and mentally. You have the Genius Gene; man, you don’t know how much you inspire me! …Shall I stop there?”
“No, no, keep going!”
“Okay… Let me study YOU and get my degree from Mother Nature’s university, for there is nothing more I’d like to achieve: Your eyes are like two pools, sparkling and watery, and in them I see the perfect reflection of…me. Your nose resembles the ones cut off the great statues in Egypt; too defined for the white man’s mind, but I like it!”
“Your lips are like two juicy mangoes, and your kisses, sweeter than honey. Your voice is like a deep, dark river, carrying me away to ecstasy...I think I should stop there.”
“Why, is it ex-rated?” Solomon asked, “I was just getting into that!”
“No, it’s not ex-rated – that comes in Part 2!”
“Well go on then, give me some more!” Solomon urged.
“Okay…Your neck is like a tower, strong and sturdy, and around it you wear a reminder of our history…”
Solomon interrupted; “I’m wearing a reminder of our history!”
“Are you? What is it?”
“Some cowrie shells!”
“Oh! Well you’ll like the next line then;
“Your teeth are like a string of cowrie shells, and when you smile, you light up my world!” (Solomon laughs again)
“Sorry Solomon, but this poem is six pages long – I couldn’t possibly recite it all to you over the phone!” Suzanne concluded.
Watch the video I created for you to listen to this poem:
(Djembe drumming by Chi ‘Hair by Chi’ Bomani)
Download Years 5 & 6 FREE (this weekend)
Are you an Amazon Prime member? Borrow Years One to Six from their lending library FREE!
Don’t miss the FREE download of Year Seven next week, to get an email notification, ‘follow’ this blog! Did you miss the free downloads of Years One to Four? Never mind, they’re only 99p/$0.99 each! Start the journey by reading an extract from Year One FREE! ← (click on the link)
In your service,
Cezanne Taharqa (Author|Poet/Artist|Events Host|Workshop Facilitator|Mentor)
Promoting LOVE through Creativity!
Comments or queries? Send me a message: