Wendye Savage’s After The Rain

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Living inside gray clouds

Moistened with my own tears;
Blue skies beyond my finger tips
Life’s storms are brewing here.

Stirring up confusion
And all types of strife in me;
I know there’s shelter deep within
So in it’s refuge I shall seek.

I’m merely holding on to it
A fine line that keeps me sane;
Lord, I can’t cross over it
There’s joy after the rain.

The Author

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Gifted by God, inspired by life,Wendye Savage, the 49 year old author of the self revealing book titled One Sweet Day and mother of five children and United States Army veteran uses her powerful gift of poetry to deliver life, hope and humor to catalyze the movement of inspiration and inner peace.

The author is known for being an inspiration to others through her zest for life and ability to be transparent without reservation. In her writings you will find humble notes of heartfelt inspiration.

http://www.amazon.com/After-Rain-Wendye-Savage-ebook/dp/B005130OSY

The author’s website: http://www.thepoeticflow.com/home.html

“If You Knew My Father”: A Daughter’s Emotional Poem Dedicated To Father, Hulk Hogan

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Brooke Hogan
On Friday, July 25, 20015, Hulk Hogan was sacked by WWE administration for allegedly making racist remarks that referred to her daughter dating a black man. Following the incidence Hulk’s daughter, Brooke, wrote this emotional and touching poem to defend her father.
        Racism is everywhere including WWE. It’s like an ‘abomination’ to speak about it, the reason WWE seems to be like a place without sin. It’s unfortunate that Hulk Hogan has become a scapegoat, following the dismissal of Alberto Del Rio, over similar incidence.
‘IF YOU KNEW MY FATHER’
If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know his tender heart.He’d never want to hurt his fans,
or family from the start.If you knew my father,
you would know how hard he fought…and the way it brought a smile to people light, medium and dark.We always fight a battle
that people never see,

and sometimes when you’re hurting, you don’t think logically.

Human isn’t perfect,
and perfect is not he,

but I can tell you one thing, it’s just not what it seems.

Cause If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know he raised me well.

He taught me folks are so much more
than shades could ever tell.

And If you knew my father,
you would know he’s down to earth.

He may have slammed the giant,
but remembers life’s true worth.

If you knew my father,
if you just walked in his shoes…

then you would know that microscope that comes with yellow boots.

If you knew my father,
you would see your own in mine.

And if he was your father, you could never find divide.

Cause me- I bet your father
or someone that you love

Maybe regrets something
they wish they’d never done.

So if you know my father,
remember he’s a man,

and you would crave relief if people judged everything you did.

The lord says to forgive them,
don’t be the one to stone…

so please remember his strong arms when you were all alone.

The lives he’s changed, the friends he’s made,
the people he’s inspired…

It makes me sad to see my dad
defeated and so tired.

If you knew my father,
you would know just how he’s hurting…

For he loves every one of you, regardless of your story.

And if you met my father,
I know he’d give you love!

He’d lift you up, apologize and give you all a hug.

For those who think you know my father,
remember who you are.

We all can make mistakes and carry ugly scars.

Because I know my father,
I can promise this-

Just like you and I, things we don’t mean can sometimes slip.

We all continue learning.
This life can be so rough…

So if you know my father, please try not to be tough.

My father has a daughter,
and I have feelings too.

And if I knew your father, I would do the same for you.

Contemporary African Writing Through The Lenses Of Penguin Books

There is nothing more inspiring, motivational and interesting than diversity of culture, especially learning other people’s culture, language, custom, literature and heritage. I will recommend Penguin African Literature collection from various experienced African writers and the collections of Caine Prize for African Writing.

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REDISCOVERY

When our tears are dry on the shore

And the fishermen carry their nets home

And the seagulls return to the bird island

And the laughter of the children recedes at night

There shall still linger the communion we forged

The feast of oneness whose ritual we partook of.

There shall still be eternal gateman

Who will close the cemetery doors

And send the late mourners away.

It cannot be the music we heard that night

That still lingers in the chambers of memory.

It is the new chorus of our forgotten comrades

And the halleluyahs of our second selves.

NB: ‘REDISCOVERY’ WAS PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN BOOKS LTD IN ‘AFRICAN WRITING TODAY.’ (1967)

The Poet. George Awoonor-Williams

A Ghanaian poet and novelist, born at Wheta in the Volta Region, educated at the University of Ghana. Before moving to London in 1967, he was Director of the Ghana Film Corporation. He taught both at the University of London, and at the Stony Brook campus of New York State University, where he became Chairman of Comparative Literature.

TO SEE THE MOUNTAIN AND OTHER STORIES.

The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize. For over ten years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto “Africa will always bring something new,” the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, E. C. Osondu, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others.

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The 2011 collection will include the five shortlisted stories and the stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop. It will be published within days of the announcement of the award in July 2011.

http://www.amazon.com/Caine-Prize-African-Writing-2011/dp/190652386X/ref=s

In 2009, Penguin publishers released:

Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing.

Collection showcasing the energy of new African literature, Coming at a time when Africa and African writers are in the midst of a remarkable renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the vitality and urgency of African writing today.

With stories from northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, this collection conveys thirty different ways of approaching what it means to be African. Whether about life in the new urban melting pots of Cape Town and Luanda, or amid the battlefield chaos of Zimbabwe and Somalia, or set in the imaginary surreal landscapes born out of the oral storytelling tradition.

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These stories represent a striking cross section of extraordinary writing. Including works by J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited by Rob Spillman of Tin House-magazine, Gods and Soldiers features many pieces never before published, making it a vibrant and essential glimpse of Africa as it enters the twenty-first century.

http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Soldiers-Penguin-Anthology-Contemporary/dp/0143114735/