Poem: I was Born to Succeed

Written by empressjournee

Photo Credit: Rebecca

“Don’t you know, that I was born to succeed,
Even in a race that is competitive and may not be for me:
To live, also, the American dream?” That is told to me?”
“Is it only for those who are exceptionally favored
In their words to succeed?”
“Don’t you know, I too wish to received,
God stamp, of approval in his favor, a loving family,
Loving surroundings, loving friends, a beautiful home,
In great harmony?” “Is that a sin, or too much to ask?”
“Is that too much to dream?”
Still, I command great favors over my life,
My love ones and my community;
That which is magnificent, that which is so beautiful,
That which seems impossible, a place that was told to me:
I am dreaming, I am believing, I have received great resources,
Great wealth, great life, for myself,  love ones,
For all those, who has come, in contact with me:
I remember what it feels not to be loved:
I remember what it feels to be loved:
The gentle touch of a loving hands
The sweet words that was shared each day
Like a great romance, in his love letter,
to his daughter—I, for all to see,
The miracles of his truth,
—that I am royal, a part of his brilliancy:
As I write, as I dream, I may not look the part,
As what you expect to see, yet, my beloved presence,
Voice, breathe life into me, he allows me to rise
He allow me to know, the depth of his love:
—Now, that is success, that is truly peace!

Empress Journee

About the author


I am a graduate of Medgar Evers College, mother of three and grandmother. I love to read great books and listen to podcasts that uplift one's consciousness and share 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 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 I should have to express my thoughts, in time where I was struggling, battling something I did not understand what I was going through and feeling unsupportive. Back then, as I search to find myself, what I would like to do and who was there to support my dreams at a time I thought I was safe and appreciated, however I was awoken to a reality through words said and unsaid that I needed more development, more attention and love coming from the highest of myself. So, writing became my outlet.
To those who have been a great supporter in reading my poetic imagination, let this poetry enlightening you to write and express yourself from a safe place regardless of what is being said that is not productive. I hope there will be a new chapter in my life that will bring success, inspired those who struggle with defeat, exhaustion, fatigue, lack of vision, depression and struggle to give of themselves; to be far better in their thoughts, words and deeds, uplifting one's character.
When I began my poetry, I felt so deeply inspired I would write when I was inspired, bored and when I feel uninspired. I would take long breaks at times and start all over again. I know I am required to do and be my best, this is what I strive to be. I wanted to thank those who stood with me through my journey, motivate me to strive to be the very best, took the time to read my poetry, especially my loved ones. Thank you for being on the journey with me. May we find rest (If we can), peace (If we can) and blessings, reign in all of us--as we soar, as we reach a place of true jubilee.

Empress Journee