Poem: A Word to the I-Self

Written by empressjournee

Photo credit: Steve Halama 

“Can I love myself, without feeling, I am too much for the world?

I am too much into myself:

“Can I walk with my head high, feeling safe, unafraid,

Like I have won a beautiful and grand prize?

Because you gave me the gift of my miraculous life;

“Can my tears fall openly—without shame?”

When my heart ache and life seem not the same,

In the matrix of your ideology game,

“Can I smile sweetly without pretense?”

And feel as if you are with me, until the very end:

Can I be silent, very silent, as I wish to be:

To thank my mother, all mothers—who prayed,

Cared, loved me—us despite in their displeased,

During the journey of self-discovery—to find myself;

“Can I thank the God of breath now?”

My daddy who is the beginning and the end,

As you read these words:  May peace reign within,

Morning, noon, night, as this poetic piece end.

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