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 (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