Recent Reviews for Billye Okera
Conversatios With My Sister (Short Story) - 7/25/2012 12:50:30 PM|
A tough, but honest, portrayal of the child abuse so many go through that is shoved under the rug and ruins many lives. very well written and I love the vernacular. There's a book here, and I hope you write it.
PS. I sure hope this is a true story. I suspect that it is.
Mussolini (Poetry) - 10/7/2012 8:12:44 AM
Powerful! Don't we tell ourselves outrageous lies to rationalize and insulate what we do from our self image. Raw on!
Savannah Street Memory (Poetry) - 10/3/2012 11:10:57 PM
one of the best poems I've read in a while.
Savannah Street Memory (Poetry) - 8/3/2012 5:11:38 AM
Deep and inspring to soul searching. You wrote this from the pain in your soul and it touches mine.
Mussolini (Poetry) - 7/25/2012 12:53:53 PM
And Haile Selassie beat him in Ethiopia… The little emperor that couldn't. The last line was a total surprise… But not when you think about it.
Savannah Street Memory (Poetry) - 7/25/2012 12:22:23 PM
You touched my heart with this one. Your honesty, openness and raw memories of a place I've never known which you have shown. The atrocity of your youth is no less diminished by the list you have offered.
God is the sham of the unholy man. It looks like you got out by yourself. I think an autobiography of those times would be in order. I'd read it.
DU-WOP BOYS (Poetry) - 7/25/2012 11:21:21 AM
Perhaps your words posted here will find their way to the eye or ear of at least one 13 or 14-year-old, who will, in turn, break the cycle that leads to such heartbreak. Blessings to you Billye.
Savannah Street Memory (Poetry) - 7/25/2012 11:14:49 AM
How can pain be written so beautifully? Blessings to you, Billye, ...always.
Inkling (Poetry) - 7/25/2012 11:09:13 AM
A(nother) powerful poem Billye! Thank you so much for sharing it. You are truly gifted in your witness.
Savannah Street Memory (Poetry) - 7/25/2012 1:48:45 AM
Breathtaking, tinged with the infinite sadness of a child's reality that becomes an adult's waking nightmare. This is a beautiful voice for those who have none of their own left to voice a cry.
DU-WOP BOYS (Poetry) - 7/24/2012 1:50:14 PM
You have well depicted a sad state of living..Or calling it living.. Much depth in this one....
Streets of New Orleans (Poetry) - 1/29/2011 7:57:32 PM
"And the land of the free became a sea
Of third-world faces washed in a flood..."
Powerful, potent, poignant, pretty ... and where was God?
Strong Black Woman (Poetry) - 10/21/2010 8:39:20 PM
When we lie in the peace of Him we feel fearless, like we can conquer the world.
Thanks, Billye. Will come back.
It's Always The First Time (Poetry) - 10/21/2010 8:35:24 PM
Billye, when I read the opening of your page I knew I was in for an experience. A touching piece. I would have cried had I not been healed. The sting is gone. For a moment, I realized that it's the same old song to those who have been there.
Strong Black Woman (Poetry) - 2/11/2010 1:58:47 AM
Streets of New Orleans (Poetry) - 2/11/2010 1:56:55 AM
A deep and powerful poem.I am glad that the Saints won the SuperBowl.Now New Orleans is stronger than ever.Its very inspirational.take care
By That Plot Of Soil Reflecting (Poetry) - 2/11/2010 1:54:22 AM
Excellent piece.I enjoy reading it.take care
Not Mya II (Poetry) - 6/2/2007 6:22:17 PM
Interesting! And time waits for no one, it just keeps marching on and on and on.......
Not Mya II (Poetry) - 6/1/2007 1:30:09 PM
wow can i relate to this one...did you write it for me...you could have
The Woe Of A Child (Poetry) - 5/12/2007 8:38:58 AM
" I am not for this place!"
I relate so deeply with these powerful words Billye.
In That Simple Room (Poetry) - 5/6/2007 5:10:55 AM
In That Simple Room (Poetry) - 5/4/2007 10:47:22 PM
In those simple rooms for such a lad it can be intimidating. Allowing God to fill your soul with warmth and grace will carry you through. Enjoyed this.
In That Simple Room (Poetry) - 5/4/2007 1:54:27 PM
A very good write...profoundly written...capturing the essence of spirit... I wish you well...
Blackness So Black (Poetry) - 5/3/2007 5:30:04 AM
This is outstanding. From metaphor to metaphor you skillfully cause your reader peek through the window of deep dark depression then pull it up to bask in the rays of hope. You are definitely a sistah I could sit down with some good black coffee and have an inspiring conversation with.
My black be blacker than midnight
Black so black
That I have a knack for walking
Shoulders bent and a covering for sacred eye
When just above my head and in the skies
Blackness So Black (Poetry) - 4/26/2007 9:16:39 PM
Such a sad, unforgiving write you have penned. But I do see a light at the end of the tunnel by the rainbow. Interesting.
Blackness So Black (Poetry) - 4/26/2007 2:50:17 PM
well said indeed; If writting like that aint therapy nothin is!
It's Time (Poetry) - 4/26/2007 6:42:35 AM
I like this piece.. it has a great metaphoric connection. Time to move on it is.. irie vibes.
Blackness So Black (Poetry) - 4/26/2007 6:30:46 AM
I understand depression for I suffer from it also. You describe it brilliantly, Billye. I hope soon you can grasp that beautiful rainbow just above your head. God bless.
Blackness So Black (Poetry) - 4/26/2007 5:58:03 AM
That is a dark view of depression....you picture this well within your poem, and surely know of it's grasp....
nice work.....Art Sun...
It's Always The First Time (Poetry) - 4/26/2007 5:53:23 AM
Such a sad expression of thought....the poetic view of one who passed the time of abuse as child....sad....
sad and yet a nice work of expression....
Mussolini (Poetry) - 4/24/2007 11:44:45 AM
I keep wanting to sing that song..."Whistle while you work, Hitler is a jerk...Mussolini bit his weanie, now it doesn't squirt! LOL!
Thanks for the childhood memories!
Love and Peace~
Mussolini (Poetry) - 4/24/2007 8:54:59 AM
The Woe Of A Child (Poetry) - 4/18/2007 8:52:29 PM
They Are All Dead (Poetry) - 3/12/2007 4:19:34 PM
wow this is magnificent! powerful and real!
how many women have echo these cries in the universe?
far far too many
your voice is so needed in this world in this place and i am glad to be meeting it here!!!
Streets of New Orleans (Poetry) - 3/12/2007 4:13:09 PM
you have a profound voice
and it screams with a rawness of life lived and seen
Strong Black Woman (Poetry) - 3/12/2007 4:09:26 PM
i echo the feelings of Netta, I did enjoy this
and even in the events of a black woman who don't know better there is strength there just not in use....
very interesting share
Strong Black Woman (Poetry) - 3/10/2007 6:33:26 PM
If I get this correct, this poem is about the moments when a woman wants to be a feel like a lady and nothing more. On that note, may I say I applaud the sentence structure you used - way down home so long ago. Loving the flow. And I must say I sincerly hope you are a sista. Kudos on the write.