Open Flames

Xlibris Corporation
Free sample

As an African woman, I search to find meaning in a space that often does not embrace my differences. Through pain and anguish, I learn how to really love myself. This book of poems hopes to capture the attention of people around the world who have endured hardship in all forms. Suffering and loss have worked to make me a better person. The poems are my journey songs that influence the ways I see relationships and people. I have experienced abandonment and rejection from individuals that I love but gained power through accepting the things I am not able to change. My poems reflect the ways in which I try to navigate my life in a world that is often unkind, unjust, and unfair. These poems were written in times when I fell under tremendous pressures in life. They reflect how I view the social, religious, and political structures in our world. I beg to see a world that demands equality for all. My poems encourage my brothers and sisters to know themselves because acceptance must first come from within. They touch upon painful memories that lingers as we seek justice and equality for our community. These poems also speak to the condition of love and its ability to heal the world. The joy of knowing oneself must always be followed by the ability to know what we have endured in life and be ready to forgive those who trespass against us.
Read more

About the author

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 30, 1967. I grew up with an aunt who adopted me when I was five years old. I never saw my biological mother again until I was eighteen years old. I endured hardship in life, but I also remember the joy of childhood days. I always loved to read and write poetry as a child. I had great dreams for my life even when the adults around me did not desire anything good for me. I migrated to Canada and earned an honor’s degree in sociology and a bachelor of education degree. I absolutely love children and enjoy spending time with them as they teach me about love, honesty, and forgiveness. I am the mother of three daughters, Ashley, Amber, and Atia, and the wife of Desmond Sappleton. My family are the most important people in my life. I look forward to one day going to Africa to reconnect to my roots.

Read more
Loading...

Additional Information

Publisher
Xlibris Corporation
Read more
Published on
Oct 29, 2015
Read more
Pages
92
Read more
ISBN
9781514414194
Read more
Language
English
Read more
Genres
Poetry / General
Read more
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more
Read Aloud
Available on Android devices
Read more

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
©2018 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.