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Sweet 16
by Bernice Angoh Lakota
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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(Mama's advice was so old school, what did she know, these were the days of cool and she had not a I often thought)You can tell how young I was in that picture, I so wanted to fly--I think the only things that would've been left behind were those eyebrows, lol.


She thought herself invincible,
a bird and the whole world her sky
so from grace she fell--broken, bruised
only to realize for you to walk
you must first have done some crawling
and in order to fly
one must first learn to walk!

Copyright © 2008 by Bernice Angoh








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Reviewed by John Leko 6/1/2008
...with such pen well...the streets I still return to...and walking...take flight.
excellent Bernice...
Reviewed by Michael Dainty 5/31/2008
It does make me wander, the secrets, you are not telling!
Reviewed by Cryssa C 5/30/2008
Words of wisdom...
Well done!
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 5/30/2008
Bernice You Soar My Beautiful Friend With Words Of Wisdoms Gifts
Embraced ~ Embrassé
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/29/2008
great poetic message here, I got into an argument over maturation, someone was trying to tell me that the crawling and walking process didn't count when it came to maturity. But there is a special way that we must learn to walk even after we learn to walk, it takes courage to learn to walk with confidence when people are trying to make you crawl again, especially in this writing world. Our own worse enemy is inside of us, the negativity programed in by others and ourselves. The fear of failure, personally I'm going to mess up real bad before I let fear stop me if this is the case, every since I wrote my first book the naysayers, even my own brother have been coming at me with their negativity, I told my brother to tell someone who gives a phuck, it took his jealous behind 5 years to get my book, then when he did he tried to attack the format, like I told him, three libraries picked it up and the overall reponse has been about 90 percent positive. As far as I'm concerned he can take his little 10 percent of jealous negativity and shove it, no body rules me anymore but one, and that's the man up above, sometimes honestly I let him know where to back off, shucks the first man failed, this thing called life is basically a game played to be lost, depending on where your mind is, I don't give a cluck what's going on, my fault, their fault, Jesus Christ's fault or whatever, I'm a winner, this is the way I think, even if I lose I'm still a winner, losing won't take the thought out of my mind, nothing but death, even then I'm going to reach up out of the grave. This is very powerful piece of verse my dear poetess, it got me to rattling off, hugs :-)
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/29/2008
Oh my,what a beauty you have written here sweet lady..well done indeed...have a wonderful and safe day...Hugsss
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/29/2008

Spoken with true wisdom. I love the way you took these clichés and made them work for you. Growing up can be a difficult time until we reach that age of realization. Of course, some never reach it. Peace, Love and Blessings Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/29/2008
Berni, how wise are that words of old...youngsters today should take it slow, they have all their lives to learn how to fly.
To crash is too easy.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/28/2008
This says much in few lines...much wisdom here, Bernice.
Reviewed by Shedding Light 5/28/2008
I love it !!

Harold M. Nash
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/28/2008

I have enjoyed the reading of "Sweet 16". Wise thoughts and touching poetic expressions.

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi bne-YEHU
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 5/28/2008
Right ON !! xOx Pea xOx
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 5/28/2008
Lovely and so insightful.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/28/2008
Yes, my mother had much the same advice and she wasn't cool either. well, we learn the hard way. Great write. Liz
Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 5/28/2008
Remember when my mother wrote me a long letter my senior year. It was a letter of warning and advice and love. I skimmed it reading through the lines with the eyes of youth thinking -- I already know it all. I can so relate to your words above! Well Done, Deborah
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/28/2008
Sounds to me you were the rest of us and thought "What would she know, she's my Mother" Great write and a beautiful picture Bernice.
Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/28/2008
Beautiful writing and with such heartwarming, endearing thoughts....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/28/2008
Wonderful writing, Bernice; brava! Love the pic!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx,. Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/28/2008
Lessons we all learned along the way...very few of us heeded the advice of parents and other elders when we were young...the urge to spread our wings and soar was far greater than our fear of falling. Good write Bernince.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/28/2008

Excellent maternal advice in these wise lines - well done -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/28/2008
Mama often knows best, Bernice. And base on what I read above, I
think you're beyond the walking stage. - Gene

P.S. Love the hat.

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