Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)
TITLE: THE LITTLE THINGS
By Anishka Deveaux
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
A shanty home,
In the ghetto,
I no longer see,
These are apart of the memories
That made me me
Jam and bread,
Corn beef and grits
That was eaten with so much zest
That ran races in the street
The freedom to laugh and play
Night and day,
With family and friends that
Meant more than words could say.
These were the little things that
Made me appreciate the bigger things in life
Just another name for poor
Made striving for excellence such a tedious chore
A fatherless home, with mother away,
Work she did for there were many bills to pay
Back in the day, words flew in the air,
There were so many critics with their opinions to share.
Never will you rise from the slums of this city,
Or will the world see your true beauty.
As a child I did not understand,
That the words of man could do so much harm
A mother’s love entwined with mother’s wit,
Made my little heart full,
When she said, on my child this world would not sit.
Yesteryear, I walked as a child,
Now I speak with the lips of a woman
That barefoot child I still could see,
Because that child I remember was and is me
Today, my life I can speak about,
For I rose to the occasion,
And now I can shout
Sticks and stones,
Though hurled at me,
Could not break the arms that circled me
A mother’s love
And my Father in heaven,
Took from lips bread that was unleavened
My life the critics tried to take away,
They hoped it was the slums that I would stay,
Stagnant and lusterless were the words they spoke,
But today it’s on their words that they choke
I brag not of the life I live,
Because there are many purposes I am yet to fulfill
Poor I am, but I have much more
For love stirs my heart from the core.
With humble beginnings, that inspired life,
It’s the little things that took away my strife.
See in me the child that may have been in you,
Think of this situation and ask yourself, what would I do?
Live or die,
Cry or dry those weeping eyes
Ask or take from the world that is your very own
Or walk with heads hung down,
Because from this world you may have been disowned
It is that little thing called hope that make us strong,
It is that little note that allows us to sing our song,
It is our faith that keeps us dreaming
And it is on this one Man that most of us are leaning.
Like a seed, I once was,
In good soil I was planted
And that is how my life was started
Today, as an orchard I stand
Bearing fruits of wisdom
For all to understand
Rich I am in life and love,
In my life I have my Father above
A promise was made
That I would have life
A life that many thought I would never see
But now I have life and I live it more abundantly.
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