When I Stopped Paying Attention to other People: A Poem

When I stopped paying attention to other people I had more time to pay attention to myself. When I stopped paying attention to other people I realized my left foot was longer than the other. When I stopped paying attention to other people I had more time to focus on what God had for me…

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O(G): An Original Poem

My Story & Inspiration I wrote this poem in 2016. I’ll keep in hot with ya’ll. I was freshly on my own, living on my own for the first time, and unravelling from a break up. This poem was written in two writing sessions to commemorate and celebrate myself, my power, and my essence, as…

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Shantell’s Just Until, HERoes, & My New Direction

“Babe, I’m hungry.” “It doesn’t matter where we go, as long as I get something to eat.” I say to my Shnuggah as we cross southern borders into Sanford, Florida. At this point, my anti chain food spots normally, but I’m hungry af now self, says “(insert any normal chain restaurant near Target) looks bomb.…

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On learning to control the fire

Sometimes you have to pull back layers to get to the core un-bandage the wound to treat the sore strengthen those wings, so you can soar dive deeply so you can touch the ocean’s floor quiet yourself, so you can listen sit still, so you can read breathe in, so you can receive take a…

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