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Running through country cornfields. / Such a skinny child;

counting pinpoints of stars / beyond her raggedy window screen.

Loving thunder, bright flashes / of pink and lavender light.

 

 

Book by Jeannette Drake

 

Journey Within: A Healing Playbook

 

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Nostalgia, Mystic, and Springtime in America

Poems by Jeannette Drake

 

Nostalgia

If

she could

she would

return to innocence

before she understood

her people

were America’s Cinderella.

Satan’s footstool.

 

Boats. Blood. Whips. Broken Bones.

Such foolish notions

never played hopscotch

in her little girl mind,

dreaming bumble bees.

Stringing June bugs.

Teasing spider webs.

Running through country cornfields.

Such a skinny child;

counting pinpoints of stars

beyond her raggedy window screen.

Loving thunder, bright flashes

of pink and lavender light.

 

Can you see her?

Can you still see her

standing at her momma’s knees?

Turning pages.

Turning pages.

Pharoah. Moses. Elijah. John. Jesus.

Even lions were her friends.

                                              

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Mystic

 

    (For Howard Thurman’s Grandmother)

 

Bruised. Battered. Betrayed.

Jesus and The Disinherited

showed up before midnight’s strike,

carrying buckets of fresh lake trout,

plates of hot buttermilk biscuits,

a lil blackstrap molasses,

cups of sweet tea

and home-made lemonade.

 

“We came to remind y’all,”

Jesus said.

24 March 2010

Springtime in America

 

Black lace trees

against cantaloupe sky.

Lazy clouds pile

like lemon meringue pie.

It’s too late for republican signs.

The fire this time burns

beyond our eyes. Kiwi.

We. You and Me. All.

We must no longer bow

and scrape white plates

of hate. Too late for that!

Grab a spade.

Turn some soil.

Put on a new hat.

Gil-Scott’s back.

Blue seas a’ trembling.

Trumpets sound within our souls.

We. You and Me.

We ain’t got long to stay here.

26 March 2010

Holy Summit

 

        (After Tavis and 'em)

 

Less than

a perfect union,

America will always be.

 

Still. I, born in Virginia,

reserve a right to see

with more than two eyes. 

 

You, gathered at your table.

Do not speak for me!

 

Yours is not The Last Supper

28 March 2010

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Possessed 

 

Hutaree hold onto hate,

homemade bombs

in the name of Christ,

Jesus who wept.

Kept sorry between

Him and His Father,

did not bother to scold

Pilate, neither his friends,

cousins or brothers.

Jesus, whose bloody

tears trickled in silence.

Jesus, who even now

forgives would-be

murderers who know

what they do.

                                                                                28 March 2010

posted 28 March 2010

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Jeannette Drake, a licensed clinical social worker, specializes in Dream and Expressive work in group settings. She has conducted individual and group sessions with adults, adolescents and children in schools, colleges, hospitals, prisons, churches, shelters, and art galleries as case worker, counselor, psychotherapist, teacher, tutor, and writer.

Her writings have been published in Honey Hush! An Anthology of African American Writer's Humor, Callaloo: A Journal of African American Arts & Letters, The Southern Review, New Virginia Review, The Book of Hope & The World Healing Books, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, Richmond Free Press, Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers, DisabilityWorld, a bilingual international web-zine and other journals and magazines.

 

She has performed as a gospel soloist, acted in James Baldwin's The Amen Corner and leads a monthly book discussion and creative writing group at her church. Her visual art has been exhibited at Richmond City Hall, the Carillon at Byrd Park and the Richmond Public Library (July 1-August 3, 2005).A graduate of Hampton University and Virginia Commonwealth University,  she lives in Richmond.

 May 2005

Journey Within: A Healing Playbook

By Jeannette Drake

Journey Within: A Healing Playbook is a fun tool for anyone interested in personal growth, learning how to be more creative or gaining a deeper insight into The Divine. Section One includes 13 original color abstracts that invite the viewer to intentionally go on a playful, inner journey. An optional guide of play instructions is included.

In Section Two the author's spiritual autobiography provides an inspirational explanation for each drawing.

This Book Is for Someone You Love!

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Audio: My Story, My Song (Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

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