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Da lady Mystik
Urban/Realist poetry and spoken word pieces
Currently my book is available at the online stores of Amazon and Barnes and Nobles and Borders. The publisher is at this minute selling discounted promotional copies of the book before the official release date of 4/28/2008.
I just thought I would share this info if anyone was interested in purchasing it. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Da Lady Mystik
From the Soul
A Sistaísí Love is the building and the process of me becoming who I am. It has taken me several years, many heartaches, pains and experiences to evolve into the woman whoís here today. I love who I am and Iím confident and understanding of me. Iím happy and alive in my skin and itís amazing that I can look in the mirror and actually see myself, and all my flaws. I look back at me and say, this is me in all that I am, let me be who I be!!!!!
This material is a collection of both poetry and spoken word pieces that have become a part of my life and it's testimony. Not all thatís expressed within this work is taken directly from my experiences, but a great deal of my pain and sorrow are laced within these pages and I can directly relate to each and every situation that these pieces paint, be it positive or negative Iíve been touched in some way.
My evolution began the minute I had kids, this is when my education of living and attending the skool of hard knocks took place. Like many women, Iíve had to reinvent myself in order to live and care for my kids as well as my self. There have been times when I wanted to just give up and quit fighting and struggling, but what kind of an example would that have set for my kids? I had to live by any means necessary when there seem to be no one present or who would have even examine my situation if it didnít closely relate to them and their stuff. I was one of the lucky ones and I was able to rise above some of my stuff with the help of some pretty special women who cared for me and about me.
I have had many experiences that I could look back on and loudly say, ďyes thatís who I use to be, but thatís not me today.Ē Iíve experienced domestic violence, low self esteem, the selling of ones soul to put food on the table or to get bills paid. Iíve gone from one bad relationship to another because I didnít feel secure in my self to be alone, I felt like I had to have somebody. Iíve hung out with the thugs, the dope pushers/ sellers and users. Iíve had friends who were crack heads and prostitutes. Iíve experienced many things and a lot of my challenges were fought with the help of my SISTAS, my true girl friends.
Iíve used my sistas as sounding boards to express my inner most thoughts and feelings, and they in turn taught me that I was strong and needed to give my self more credit for what I have and what I can accomplish. It took me a while to trust my self as well as my girl friends with my true feelings, my true emotions and my true pain. Iíve learned that real girl friends will accept you no matter what. No matter what you've experienced, no matter what youíve been through, true girlfriends will understand and will always tell you the truth.
Iíve compiled these pieces to help other women who may feel like they have no voice, or they canít see any sunshine while living in their storms. This is a testimony for you, my way of saying youíre not along. Iíve been there, Iíve had some of the same feelings and desires and I survived and Iím continuing to survive everyday with the support of my sistaís. I had to step inside of my self to find my self and than to claim my self. We often time will not claim our wrong doings and our short comings. Itís ok to say to ones self, I know Iíve done a-b-and c, but to openly admit it is another thing. Iím passed that, I can admit my wrong doing and my actions so there are no secrets that can come back and haunt me or jeopardize the makeup of the person that I am today. So here it is, A Sistaís Love is, a complete and whole being with no stories to hide and no secrets to shatter my soul. Iím letting it all hang out.
Iíve lost an entire city of people, places and memories with the occurrence of one life changing event (Hurricane Katrina 8/29/2005). I also experience the lost of one of my oldest/best sista friend/ sista girl just 4 days before Katrina, and I can tell you Iím finally able to remember her and not cry. I miss her so much but each day it gets better. My suffering with Katrina was over the minute I learned my home was under water and I lost everything. I knew I had to get on my hustle; I pulled myself up because I had to live and provide for my kids. I grieved/cried and screamed for my friend in my private time, some times the entire night. But as soon as the sun came up and my kids emerged from their slumber, I had to put on my game face and start a new day.
It gives me great pleasure to share my work and my soul with you. A good bit of the poems and spoken word pieces that are in this work are directly taken from my lifeís experience, others are what I have witness as a student in the skool of hard knocks. Please read with more than just your eyes, let the words pull you in to the experience and touch your soul as you bare not judgment.
Enjoy your experience.
Da lady Mystik