Poem: An Ancient Creed

Written by empressjournee

Photo Credit: Jeffery Erhunse

They smile but I thought the smiles
Was ‘true love,’ beaming towards me:
They study but I did not think

It was a strategy to tear apart my beloved family:
They laugh but I didn’t think it was funny
In my hurting, in my confusion, when I was not
Prepare for what was happening to me:
They saw a part of me—they hated,

they admired, because they thought poorly

Of themselves, the reflection of their own

Unfulfilled dreams:
They try to oppress my dreams

In ways I could not believe
And saw that wisdom and love had a hold on me……
They disappear—somewhere,  I wish to believe,
So far away, only God can see
Yet, the echoes of their ghost,

Sometimes reminds me
That my place is not where I think I should be
In a world that had so much magic,

So much adversity and prayer warriors,

Reminding me—seek the power of an ancient creed.

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