As I count the days
Until school begins again:
One haiku per day
 
To challenge myself
I have to write every day
Not just one or two
 
As the auburn sky
Transforms into its blue hue
My thoughts start to fly
 
My pen comes alive
My thoughts dwell on the future
Emotions transcribed
 
Thoughts of a scholar
Spirit of a warrior
A champion’s heart
 
The flames of passion
Indignation or fury?
What ignites the spark?
 
Martial arts, music
Technology and writing
These define my life
 
American son
Veins pumping African blood
Pitch black, but called “white”
 
As the sun rises
I bow my head to the Lord
Pray for the fallen
 
I pray for my kin
For protection in this life
This world is crazy
 
Eleven days in
The grains of sand are falling
As the time goes by
 
My mind is made up
Endless possibilities
I will touch the sky
 
Determination
The resolve to keep going
Against all the odds
 
After all this time
The trials and tribulations
Tested by the gods
 
New inspiration
Will I continue to soar?
The pen meets the pad
 
Remember words from
W.E.B. DuBois
“Double-consciousness”
 
Constant reminders
Of the fine line which I walk
Almost every day
 
And as my pen flies
Swiftly across my notepad
I begin to paint
 
Images emerge
Crafted by the words I write
Power of the pen

Pablo Picasso
Leonardo Da Vinci
Michelangelo

 
As I join the ranks
Of the greatest of artists
Doing it my way
 
Singing songs of life
My pen, used for creation
Writing gives me strength
 
Singing songs of death
My pen, used for destruction
A deadly weapon
 
Singing songs of hope
A pen for inspiration
To “call the banners”
 
Singing songs of love
Songs of infatuation
And venomous bliss
 
And songs of anger
Songs of indignant passion
Of righteous fury
 
Singing songs of joy
My pen, used for happiness
Don’t forget to smile!
 
Singing songs of pain
The stories behind it, and 
Of recovery
 
All the songs I sing
The stories I often tell
For the sake of art
 
For self-reflection
To reexamine the soul
And to steel the heart
 
On this road called “Life”
Contemplating as I watch
The August Sunrise

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