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SEEK the ART Within and Display It for the World to See and Marvel over it

Background Information

Why Write?

I write to liberate myself from the pain of life

I write because I can't sleep late at night

I write because I no longer know how to fight with my fists

Now my pen is the instrument that brings my weary soul bliss

I write because if the words were just said, they would be forgotten by tomorrow

And no one would believe that there is a rainbow after the rain

I write because it is my God given right to free myself while liberating others with my words that are written on life's pages

I write because my mind is no longer a slave to the constraints of this world

I write because inside of me there is still a little girl who is crying out and wants to be heard, sometimes she sings like a song bird

I write to escape the reality of my existence, creating a world where I am a queen

and not a maid or a wife who is struggling to keep her life clean

I write for you and I write for me

I write because it sets a dying soul free

I write because my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer

I write to liberate myself from a hurtful past while designing a fruitful future

I write because there is power in the pen

And I get to say where it begins and end.




Author of Struggling to Survive “The Story of a First Year Teacher Told through Poetry” release date October 2007

Lehman College Writing Project Fellow – Spring 2008


Lehman College of the City University of New York – September 2006
Degree: Masters- Specialized Services in Education
Reading Specialist (Grades1-6) GPA: 3.8
Queens College of the City University of New York – June 2003
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Cum laude GPA: 3.6
Major: English Minor: Secondary Education Concentration: Theatre and Dance

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Struggling to Survive The Story of a First Year Teacher Told Through Poetry by Denice Martin-Thompson As a young teacher entering the world of education, I found myself feeling alone and confused about my future. I doubted my talent and gift each day while praying to God to show me the way to help my students claim their victory in this life. Day after day, I found myself searching for inspiration to teach and learn while trying to reach the heart of my students. It was at my breaking point that I discovered I had the key to liberate my students and myself in the process. Through poetry I opened a door, and I walked in, freeing all that was in me onto the pages of my life. I realized my pain could become my passion for living life. To this day, that is a lesson that was well worth learning, and I am no longer struggling to survive. Now I am at another place where I am working on creating balance in my life. As other new teachers read these heartfelt poems, I hope they will be encouraged to keep going, writing down the painful moments while searching for the hidden passions in their lives. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Denice is a graduate of Queens College with a bachelor of arts degree in English and secondary education, and she also received her master’s degree in specialized services in education from Lehman College. She and her husband, Quran, share three children: Quran, Jr., Serenity Elora and Qurin Adora. Denice enjoys dancing, cooking, writing, and poetry.

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