The Giver by James Baldwin (audio poem)

James Arthur Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in New York City’s Harlem. Baldwin had a difficult upbringing, which included an evangelical preacher stepfather who struggled financially and who demanded rigorous religious behavior from his nine children. Baldwin’s personal challenges are reflected in his writings, especially in Go Tell It on the Mountain. Baldwin was …

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Living Poetry

           playing poetry pebble tossed on a hopscotch square one step, two steps, skipping in rhyme get to the end, turn, then do it again            reading poetry thank you, Dr. Seuss for writing lines that still delight and to you, Shel Silverstein for your tree that keeps giving            loving poetry along the shore in Mexico, a …

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Sunrise Forthcoming

Sunrise Forthcoming from Being a Woman-Forthcoming Poetry Collection poems by Michele Lee illustrations by Sammi Lee From the banished back row, she did step forward. Her curves revealed by a full moon’s midnight glow, extending from the side, to the middle of the road. Along the edge, where the imposter merged with flesh, a woman …

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Dancing and Writing with and through me

Welcome to my dancing space, where I join other dancers via the internet, but on this day I used the space to layout my recently completed Being a Woman - Forthcoming Poetry Collection.Next step, Sammi Lee illustrations, then on to publication! Moving Women I may be the only woman living in my house, but that …

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a Poet’s News and a Writer’s Dream (audio)

A Writer's Dream (audio poem) A Writer’s Dream Turning the key to her multi-million dollar spread a setting she dreamed, never expecting to step in a grand greeter showing off its polished white grin rippling replies, like her own, replayed her excited hello key securely slipped, bag dropped, down the hall she danced spinning, sliding, …

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Running Your Race (audio poem)

Running Your Race (Audio Poem) Life is an undefined race dotted with hurdles Unequally distributed, for some have more Expected to run and jump, over and over Unknown obstacles, difficult to prepare for With plenty of hurdles placed before runners Don’t add extra reasons to stumble, by adding more Blocks that prevent you from moving …

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Saturday Shorts

Although my Saturday posts can take a few minutes to read, as my “About” page describes, I also frequently scribble “shorts” during my days. On a post-it note, in my journal, or on scrap paper – I jot down random thoughts. A few lines here and there, that have a moment to shine, then I …

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Beauty and Unity Revealed (audio poem)

"Beauty and Unity Revealed" Audio Version What has the potential to unite humanity? What brings people together in a world where some benefit from keeping the masses unsettled and separate? Art, and its many splendid forms Was the answer revealed And one that has and will continue to be A unifier, even if, on the …

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Uncomfortable Words, Breathtaking Steps (audio poem)

The week began with sadness, anger, and confusion swirling around. A whirlwind of emotions that I had to write my way through. Writing helps me to process and (try to) understand all that surrounds. The events of the week kept me on a difficult writing path, but as I prepare to publish this post I …

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Being a Woman – Chapbook Release

Being a Woman - Overcoming Poetry Collection by Michele Lee SeftonIllustrations by Sammi Lee Link to Collection The Story Behind Poetry Collection One - "Overcoming" Last fall I wrote a poem about a moment in middle school when I was humiliated by a teacher who told me, just before taking a group photo, “move to …

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