Poem: Still Dream

Written by empressjournee

Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

I have a broad back, mama say to me
Carry the weight, that never, I would believe:
Burdens that was too heavy for me:
In her absence, I began to see

How much, that weight has taught me:

About myself, about my outlook, about ‘issues,’
Revealing unproductive thoughts, I tell myself;
I have experience, I have heard,

Echoes from someone else ‘too great for me!’

I have a broad back, mama say to me
I hated the weight, because I felt
The weight has kill my dreams:
But I remember mama’s hard work, mama’s love,
Mama’s way of pushing me forward:
That I can make it, to see how far, I have come,
To see that I can believe—in the dream,
That seems far—distant, that is still awaiting me:
To see how much I have succeeded:
“This broad back has carried me—graciously!”
Even when, there was so much against me:
I am thankful, that mama saw the dream—first:
And encourage me, to be hopeful, in her absence,
in her presence and encourage me to still hold on
To my amazing dreams.

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