I am so excited that Colleen has given me the keys to the house once again and I’d like to take this time to thank her for allowing me to host my first contest on her blog.
Additionally, I’d like to thank each of you for your support of our Poetry Contest, those of you who entered and those of you who wanted to enter but did not have the opportunity to do so. Know that, with your support, we’d like to host this contest at least once a year so no worries, there will be other chances! Finally, thank you to everyone who shared the original post across social media, reblogged, etc. We could not have done this without you.
As we stated, depending on the number of entries, we will have some runner ups. While there can only be One Grand Prize Winner, today we would like to take the time to introduce to you our amazingly talented runner up. Please show her some love:
Congratulations JauNelle! Before we get to your poem, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired your poem?
JH: Thank you very much for this opportunity to showcase my heart with words. Although I haven’t written much, there is more to come as I have made up for lost time with my poetry this month!
My name is Jau’Nelle from DC. I have just gotten back into embracing my love and a sense of purpose with writing, but up until now, I’ve been elaborating other creative mediums.
I am a highly sought after innovative and creative speaker for teens in the D.C. area. I am also a reading tutor and enrichment teacher focusing on ceramics, glass fusion and also handmade all natural body butters!
(EC interjects: “Heey. You better gone on head now! OK, sorry. Got ahead and finish lol)
About My Poem
This poem was inspired by the time I spent living in New York but soon returned to D.C. While there, I met many beautiful spirits, but one struck me as unforgettable; he was a rapper, and his song came on my iPod. Instantly, I was taken back to the time we had spent together and how I missed him dearly.
Beautiful. We truly enjoyed your piece “My Brooklyn Song” (Where I Left My Heart)” so thanks so much for sharing it with us. My favorite line was:
“The chosen ones find hope on the porous dirt where things make sense, and more life can exist.”
Can you explain a little bit about that line and what it means to you?
JH: I appreciate that you enjoy that line! It’s my favorite as well.
This is a reference to the fullness and feeling of being over whelmed. In the lines prior, I didn’t mention tears but the swelling up and overflowing refers to the tears as well as individual destiny. Each tear has a meaning. Some were meant to hit the chest, the others fall to the ground, back to the foundations from where we all come. It is here they can be more than merely tears but nurture and give life in other ways. The process represents, purging, going back to the beginning and making a positive change in the midst of unfulfilled desires.
Once again JauNelle thanks so much for participating in our contest and sharing your heart with us. Without further ado everyone we give you:
“His Brooklyn Song (Where I left my Heart)” by JauNelle Hugee.
His song reminds me of Brooklyn.
The way his hands used to hold mine
the curl of his long thick lashes dancing over the bright twinkling in his eyes when he laughs.
The subtle smell of Henny & white rhino on his breath,
and the most breathtaking view of his world that I have ever known.
His world whirls around us, but together we are solitude.
When I hear his Brooklyn song, I am full.
and the weight of it overwhelms me,
overflowing through my eyes.
With burning ears, I find refuge as it races down my cheeks.
The lucky drops erupt on my chest.
The chosen ones find hope on the porous dirt where things make sense and more life can exist.
I feel great relief but I am thousands of miles away and never again be filled full.
Not until I am home again, singing his song of Brooklyn.
©2017 JauNelle Hugee
Don’t forget, the Grand Prize Winner and winning poem will be announced next week!! Monday, August 7, 2017.
We are so excited for you all to hear this one. The grand announcement will take place on Yecheilyah’s blog at WWW.THEPBSBLOG.COM so be sure to stop by, subscribe, and await the winner of our first annual poetry contest!
Lisa W. Tetting