Never feels quite right
Too long bundled and uptight,
like a Nubian entombed or plainest Mennonite.
Tension risen, watch the bite
Mind churning, so burst it might.
Eternal tunnel absent a whisper of light
Sun conceded to perpetual night.
Well-plumbed valleys, nary a heavenly height
Nearly convinced no mercy in sight
Then, I write.
— Ava Wood
There she goes again. And why not, it’s National Poetry Month!
May I call you friend?
You’ve earned a name sweeter than,
dearer than weekend.
— Ava Wood
National Poetry Month draws out my poetical alter ego every time.
WRITE ON Q! A poem from Giving Back, as National Poetry Month continues!
Gave away my soul.
Giving back to get it back.
Given what I know.
— Ava Wood
No time today to pen a new poem, so I’ve recycled this haiku from Giving Back that I post here at least once a year.
Wishing you sweet sonnets, heavenly haiku, cozy couplets and such during National Poetry Writing Month!
Surprising news came at the start of the year upon learning I was named a finalist for the 2014 Eckerd Children’s Hero Of The Year Award — Talent Category. Another surprise came when I arrived at the black-tie awards gala and learned Eric Law, a fellow member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists was a finalist, too. In fact Eric, executive director of Hands On Charlotte, was named the award winner that night. Other winners included Brendan Haywood of the Charlotte Bobcats (Treasure Category) and Kelly and Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers (Time Category). I’m thankful to Eckerd for recognizing doers and givers in our community and more importantly for supporting children and families needing second chances.
Below is a link to more information on the important mission and impact of Eckerd.
Eckerd | The First Name in Second Chances.
up early in phoenix, no sun rising yet.
prepping for talk on legacy left,
once our brief sun is set.
19 Feb 2014
Here’s a link to the BlackGivesBack.com piece on the Arizona Community Foundation lunch event during Black History Month:
“Feed Your Soul” Lecture Series Highlights African American Giving in Arizona
Student government leaders from Phoenix Job Corps at ACF lunch event
My soul was fed that day.
Photographer Jamaica Gilmer
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
A recent interview with Jamaica Gilmer reminded me just how much I love having a hand in the revelation of stories by writing. Jamaica’s work on The Beautiful Project unveils stories through photography.
The Insider: Photographer Jamaica Gilmer Beholds The Beauty of Black Girls.
BlackGivesBack.com is celebrating Women’s History Month, and this piece helped roar into March 2014!
Charles W. Thomas, Jr., photographer
Back in August, I interviewed a mix of givers and doers for Black Philanthropy Month. When I asked “what book shaped your philanthropy?”, their responses resulted in this list of 13 publications that I compiled for BlackGivesBack.com.
A Baker’s Dozen of Books.
Is there a book that has influenced how you give?