Empressjournee Jamaica

Poem: A Grandmother Conversate

Written by empressjournee

Photo: Taylor Deas-Melesh

I tried to hold you—yet you, were far away:

I tried to speak to you,

But you were not in a happy space:

As I sense your soul nerve hurting,

I listen, hoping you’ll see, that I am here,

No matter the distant, in your moments,

Of musty blues: that silence within—will meet,

Your heart & love will surface in and out of you:

I tried to interject, not to change the subject,

Or disrespect your views, cause truly I wish,

Your pain would be at ease:

But in your indifference, you kept, mumbling,

demanding to get what you need: like a grey,

Morning rain, pouring out unruly:

So, I bend on my knees, asking the Lord, to show me,

How to reach you, and to help you, in your, season,

Of trying to figure out the young woman in you:

Let there be light, I whisper, to surround,

me and to surround you:

And heal your heart, mind, and soul,

Truly be in a state of peace—and let it dwell,

In the deepest part of you.

Empress Journee



About the author


I am a graduate of Medgar Evers College (M.E.C.); mother of three, grandmother and great grand. I love to read great books and listen to podcasts that uplift my consciousness; sharing historical view of the different shades of color, the various culture, the way we all are connected, the musical genius throughout the world and the works that are done to help us tap into ourselves and know that we are worthy. I also love to write poetry and sing. There was a moment that now phase in another aspiration of my life, I felt singing was a forum—a path to take, that helps to voice, express my thoughts, in time where I was struggling, battling something I did not understand and what I was going through; feeling unsupportive. Although, there was some support, especially from my love ones, the challenges I faced was mostly internal.
I am so grateful for the grace I have been given to be able to write my poetic thoughts, that is my freedom. I was a part of a journey that taught me lessons and motivate me that preparation is a must to face a world that may not be ready for a new rising star. Thank you for taking the time to read my poetry. I especially wanted to give honor to my mother who is no longer in the physical, as well as my natural father for the knowledge of health before he departed from this planet. Also, I would like to thank you my supporter for being on this journey with me even at times when the journey seems unclear. May we appreciate the blessings that has been given to us, as we continue to soar, as we reach a place of true jubilee.
Empress Journee