Empressjournee Jamaica

Poem: Black Veil

Written by empressjournee

Photo credit: Emiliano Vittoriosi

Once I wore a veil, to hide my shame,

I told the spirit of breath, ‘love’ hurts too deeply,

I carry burdens that was unseen: and I wish love would hurry,

And set me free, love was too unkind to every part of me,

So, I wore Black veil as a conceal, to cover grief,

Shame, fear, loss and unforgiveness, the ugliest flaw in me,

As crystal rain flow heavily: until the veil was removed abruptly,

As I stand alone, I saw my reflection staring right at me,

‘There, was the real—true me, I did not like what I see,

And I question, the depths of love that had me in a night dream:

Yet, I rise above the raging sea, for the spirit of breath,

Did not abandoned me; I have begun to feel, more peace, & worthy.

Empress Journee





About the author


I am a proud mother, grandmother, poet, writer, performer, a singer, great cook, a lover of unique fashionable earrings, and love to wear & dress in a unique artistic fashion.
I was born in Jamaica West Indies, immigrated to the United States of America at the tender age of ten. I've had the great privilege working for the Human Resource Admin, taught at an Head-Start and move on as an uprising reggae singer to perform as an open act for various great singers like Dennis Brown, Calypso Rose and others I admired. My career ended because of an overwhelming challenge of self-worth and depression I was facing; that took a long time to over come. However, the support of love ones and guidance of God, I was able to rise again and excel. I was able to connect more with my children and grand children to fulfill my destiny. I also had the great opportunity to meet Dr. Bettye Shabazz, before she passed on, and other great leaders. I know all could not occur without the support of love ones and most of all the God of breath. I am growing everyday as I hope that I will be successful on developing a higher Christ consciousness of my mind. The work is hard however through the love of Christ I am embracing the love of self, honoring myself more and developing my character. I won't give up on myself. I consider myself a wildflower that love to bring joy to others. I am also working on strengthening all areas of my spiritual gifts. Thank you for reading my poetic thoughts. Peace and Blessings!