National Poetry Month 1/30 ("Toya's Elegy")
April is National Poetry Month, and today many poets and writers will begin a month long celebration of prose and poetry. Some, including a collective of friends I have had the privilege of knowing many years will dedicate time to compose new poems and haikus, posting them daily throughout the month.
This will be my very first year participating in the festivities, celebrating an art form that has given me a voice, validation, and allows me to reach many human beings at an eye to eye level to exchange energy and communication that may inspire, cause thought, or express emotions in ways previously thought unimaginable.
I am grateful for what abilities writing poetry (most often in the form of rhyme or lyric) has afforded me. Today, I will share my first piece of the month eulogizing a good friend and poetry lover who was taken from us earlier than we would have liked. Tomorrow we will celebrate her life and transition, but today I will remember somberly, yet with joy.
Below is my elegy to the young LaToya James. My deepest sympathies go to her children, her family, and all of her friends who loved her so.
Happy National Poetry Month and Peace and Comfort be with you all!
Peace to you now, you will always be in remembrance…Toya
No music could quite relate to the agony felt today
How you really spoke to me yesterday, now you have gone away
Motivated positive energy every time you’d bring
Always lifted up by your smile, you were always encouraging
In my memories I find Kenesha, you, Antonia, and Juicy
At Square One where we had started combining comics with loose leaf
Written poetry paper; our Tuesday night weekly caper
I savor these mental wavers as you fly to heaven while waving
I’m saving every smile, may God bless your child
And your children left here on this earth, it may take a while
But may they learn to smile just like Toya
Yes, may they learn to smile just like Toya
Toya, you’ve touch a whole community with your spirit of truly being
Joyful, non-combative, interactive when we faced toil
I consider you royal
You are God’s daughter, in heaven may he now spoil thee
In the presence of holy kings
Gone from us you were as wholly queen
Soft and subtle with wisdom, loved to laugh and hear poetry
Knowingly it was pleasure in your presence just knowing thee
May your children reap harvest from how positively you sowed your seed
So we need to remember to appreciate each other and may our bonds become strengthened
And may the joy in our memories now be lengthened
Services for LaToya will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016
8985 Lone Star Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32211