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  I Stand Tall
by J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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This is a sample of the "empowerment poetry" included in my most recent chapbook, From Pain to Empowerment - The Fabric of My Being.


 


I STAND TALL


© J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford


 


Standing tall despite slings and arrows


Roadblocks and setbacks


I can’t -- won’t go back


The road ahead seems narrow


And yesterday’s darkness has tried to hide from view


The light that shines bright ahead


 


Tunneling through, around, over, even under


I forge my way to find places


never before defined as mine


Strengthening my back beyond what adversaries expect


‘til glimmers of possibility bearing my name


begin to shine


 


Even I am surprised by the heights to which I rise


So many have faded and fallen into despair


Their memories vanish into thin air


Yet return time after time


Not to haunt or taunt, but remind me


To keep my mind and focus clear


 


My knees know not the ground beneath them


Except when prayer


becomes my posture of empowerment


My back is neither broke nor bent


My hands…, my hands continually reach for new heights


And only reach down to offer rungs of hope


For those below who would strive to climb with me


 


Although our songs of victory have not yet been sung


I am proud to share this climb with them


And while I know neither the depth


nor length of this valley


I can see distant rays of light beyond the mountains ahead


 


So whether this day or the next


I know tomorrow holds my future


For no enemy has yet conquered my spirit


And while faith continues to whisper in my ear


It is seemingly through shear will I lift myself


Hearing her song more clearly each new day


 


Lifted and lifting others as I climb


I stand tall


Assured in the knowledge that I


And others who follow the light


Are destined to stand tall


 

   
Sistah Joy


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Reviewed by Mary Elshaday
An inspirational poem Joy. Mary
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
holds reader interest
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
This is a very inspirational and outstanding poem.Excellent poem of motivation and overcoming obstacles.I enjoy reading it,take care
Reviewed by Linda Hill
J. Joy,
This is outstanding work! Most all of us have struggles in life that strive to get us down, to keep us from taking that climb, that keeps us from 'standing tall.' This should be read by everyone, J. This is a keeper1

Love an Blessings,
~Linda
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