Category Archives: Favorite Poems, Spoken Word, Performance Poetry

Brian loves spoken word and he shares those performances and reviews through his blog

“If you love someone, hurry up and show it.

“If you love someone, hurry up and show it. (Rosie Zadra) If you have family or friends to forgive, forgive them now. If you have childhood memories worth savoring or childhood friends worth calling, call them now. If you your … Continue reading

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Too often we overlook the importance of making someone else life better than ours. Too often we say, “I had to go through it and they should too”.

The Bridge Builder poem by Ms. Will Allen Dromgoole is one of my favorite poems about helping the next person. THE BRIDGE BUILDER An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening cold and gray, To a chasm, … Continue reading

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The WILL must be STRONGER than the SKILL… If you want it bad enough go out and fight for it…

The Will to Win by Berton Braley: If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it, work day and night for it, give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it… If … Continue reading

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If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper…Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.

Martin Luther King Version: (Be the Best of Whatever You Are) If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before … Continue reading

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You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you … Continue reading

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inspirational piece of live poetry titled Amazing Grace by Carlos Robson (see attached video)

 

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If the worst is bound to happen, Spite of all that you can do, Running from it will not save you, See it through!

See It Through by Edgar A Guest When you’re up against a trouble, Meet it squarely, face to face; Lift your chin and set your shoulders, Plant your feet and take a brace. When it’s vain to try to dodge … Continue reading

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Life for me aint’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, and… (see attached full poem by Langston Hughes))

Mother To Son By: Langston Hughes Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me aint’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor- Bare. But … Continue reading

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If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with triumph and disaster And treat those two imposters just the same…

If by Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If … Continue reading

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I use to have a Comfort Zone Where I knew I couldn’t fail The same four walls of busy work Were really more like jail.

COMFORT ZONE I use to have a Comfort Zone Where I knew I couldn’t fail The same four walls of busy work Were really more like jail. I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, But … Continue reading

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