Poem: You Say

Written by empressjournee

Photo credit: Brigitte Tohm

“I love America! “I say: I am proud to be a Jamaican!”

“Love in ‘mi’heart, Love is ‘de’Key—love is the light,

Love can never depart!”

You say: I am proud to be white!” “I say: Black is more than alright!”

“You say I love Africa!” That prayer is the key to win battles;

To reach Jah light! “I say: I am proud to be a Latina!”

And I won’t engage in your fight, unless it benefits—me!

“I am bright—I am the Light!”

Still, you can’t see we are striving, fighting for the same thing

—to be loved, respected, for justice, to be free, safe:

And for our human dignity; that we long to have near,

Hug our family—those who care, at nights:

And see the Lord beautiful sunrise:

Still the never-ending struggle, ego, selfishness,

Of our unforgiving heart, won’t allow, the silence of a great,

and genuine smile: We allow to take flight.

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