Category Archives: Loss

The Day I Left God – Performance Poetry with Sistahs Laying Down Hands, Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day is always bittersweet for me. I know as a Mother that there is pressure to smile and gush at the numerous mother’s day wishes, cards and love from my kids, but even after seventeen years, I still awaken … Continue reading

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Not One (New original poetry by Toni Love)

We gather together
Seen and unseen
When mothers pray
The heavens come forth to listen Continue reading

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Born of Warriors- Original Poetry inspired by the #PhilandoCastile murder

Born of Warriors Now is not the time to sit down and grow weary For we are born of warriors Trained on soil rich with the spirits that passed before us We were selected from our tribe and trained for … Continue reading

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9-11 Emergency – Original Poetry

9-11 Emergency This poem was written during a trip to New York City in 2009. As the taxi cab stopped in traffic I looked up and I was right in front of Engine 34. I felt the energy in the building and … Continue reading

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New Shoes: My Mother’s Day Gift from Above

Even though I was a mother myself, all of the Mother’s Day commercials with scenes of children hugging and delivering gifts and flowers to their mothers trickled into my joy like Chinese water torture. Continue reading

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“Grief Waits” – Original Poetry by Toni Love

This was written a few weeks after my father transitioned, not for sympathy but to support the little girl inside yearning to tell her story. Not sure I’m finished with it, but here it is: Continue reading

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Life (for Elizabeth) Original Poem 11/23/14

Your breath became my own

and you exhaled life’s elixir into my lungs

as I was yet being formed Continue reading

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Memories of a War Veteran..I have not forgotten

My Uncle was a Vietnam War Veteran. He was fortunate to be one of the ones to come home alive, but the person who left never really came home. He was sad, he was depressed, he struggled with the choices he was forced to make at war and never really felt comfortable in his skin when he came home. He was a walking casualty of war. Continue reading

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It’s all Temporary (Memoirs in a Cast)

A good friend told me just a few days before my fracture, “even Superwoman has to put her cape in the dry cleaners for a few days” but Superwoman didn’t listen. I found out the hard way that when Superwoman is too stubborn to slow down, God sometimes does it for her. Continue reading

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I Want To Get Off – Original poetry

So I beg you to stop playing with my heart
To unwrap yourself from my torso and release me
Let me walk away with my dignity, without feeling ashamed about what I let you do to me. Continue reading

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