Monday, November 21, 2011

Visual Poet Supports VOW To Hire Heroes Act 2011

Today is a day to celebrate, for it appears capital hill laid aside partisanship to roll out comprehensive legislation to lower unemployment of America’s veterans.  I wholeheartedly support the President Obama signing into law the VOW To Hire Heroes Act.  The VOW to Hire Heroes Act combines Chairman Miller’s Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, Chairman Murray’s Hiring Heroes Act and President Obama’s America Jobs Act/tax credits. 

In, addition, I applaud President Obama for facets of the Job’s Bill to address the 850,000 unemployed veterans; American Jobs Act, Returning Heroes Tax Credit and The Wounded Warriors Tax Credit.  Also, the Veterans Job Bank and other initiatives have been developed to match veterans with jobs at nationalresourcefirectory.gov  This law will surely assist our veterans in transitioning into civilian employment.  Thank you, Mr. President, President Barack Obama.



President Obama Signs Jobs Bill For Veterans

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Visual Poet Honors American Veterans and Service Members on Veterans Day



President Obama Honors Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

The Veterans Tribute is a Veterans Day reminder to relentlessly honor United States military veterans and active Service Members.  All Americans are forever indebted for their patriotism, love of country and sacrifices. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Visual Poet Launch 2012 Presidential Campaign

Visual Poet Says; Take time to research, listen attentively and pray earnestly before electing the next President of the United States; be it a Democrat or Republican.

I am launching the 2012 Presidential Campaign to highlight the importance of the most powerful job in the world.  My 2012 Presidential Campaign is not aimed at running for the office of President of the United States.  Nor is my 2012 Presidential Campaign geared to discredit, promote any Democrat or Republican candidate.  Instead, my 2012 Presidential Campaign is designed to encourage Americans to make informed decisions when voting in 2012.  For, the United States requires the Candidate with the Right Stuff to effectively address the issues; economic recovery, the national debt, jobs, Medicare, Social Security, our crumbling infrastructure, etc.   



President Barack Obama Speaks on Investing in Our Infrastructure

Yes, the 2012 presidential candidates are gearing up.  But, Americans, this time, let’s do something different; avoid accepting the promises of candidates and photo opts as the makings of a great leader.  Americans, let us pledge to hold each candidate accountable and do not overlook obvious red flags.   

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Visual Poet Honors Mr. Charley Pride; Country Singer and Negro League Baseball Player

Today, I pay the utmost respect to Mr. Charley Pride, a fellow Mississippian, Country Singer and Negro League Baseball Player.  Mr. Charley Pride was born in Sledge, Mississippi and I was born in Natchez, Mississippi.  Mr. Charley Pride has been one of my role models and I have absolutely enjoyed his music since I was a teenager.  During my difficult teenage years in Natchez, Mississippi, Mr. Charley Pride’s soothing country music was therapeutic.  I recall how each school day started with Mr. Charley Pride’s soothing baritone voice.  Yes, Mr. Charley Pride’s smooth country tunes has set the tone and got me thru many a challenging day.    

Recently, while focusing on the Negro League Baseball players; I learned that Mr. Charley Pride played for the Memphis Red Sox, New York Black Yankees, Louisville Clippers and the Birmingham Black Barons.  I am thrilled to know that Mr. Charley Pride; one of my favorite country singers was also one of the fabulous Negro League Baseball players.  So, my poem and visual poetry Players of Valor, the Negro League Baseball honors all the Negro League Baseball players, including Mr. Charley Pride.  Now, I must make every effort to have Mr. Charley Pride autograph my bat; since he was not present in Secaucus, New Jersey when I obtained autographs from countless Negro League Baseball players and Lionel Hampton. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2012 Presidential Candidates; Visual Poet Plea for Candidate with the Right Stuff

It appears as though, the current 2012 Presidential candidates do not have the right stuff that America needs.  And, I am concerned about the media frenzy over non essential stories.  Excuse me if I am not interested in Sarah Palin bus tour upstaging Mitt Romney’s announcement speech, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin words of admiration, Anthony Weiner photos, John Edwards campaign funds investigation, Arnold Schwarzenegger love child, nor any other politician’s affairs, sleazy behavior, etc. 


President Obama Presents American Jobs Act

Wouldn’t it be a novel idea for the media to focus on the stories that are truly of interest to Americans; 2012 Presidential candidates proposing strategies to better America, economic recovery, the growing debt, jobs, our crumbling infrastructure, Medicare, Social Security.  I long for the moment when there is adequate coverage of 2012 presidential candidates who are honestly committed to doing what is best for the United States.        

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Visual Poet Honors Natchez Eight, Baby Boomer Siblings

Today, my poem and visual poetry, Natchez Eight, Baby Boomer Siblings honors eight, exceptional Natchez, Mississippi Baby Boomer siblings; Vivian Bright, Dr. James Henry Young, Jr., Bernice Tolbert, Theron Eagleton, Lonnie Lee Young, Deborah Ann Young, Dr. Devell Ray Young and Glenda Faye Young.  After the death of their mother, the Boomer siblings; all under age thirteen, were forced to adapt to harsh realities.  With a father who was employed full-time; the Boomers were often required to rely upon their faith, creativity, humor and rare confidence. 

After many years of battling adversities, the Natchez Eight, Baby Boomer Siblings graduated from high school, universities, medical school and successfully served in the United States Military.  Regardless of a painfully difficult childhood; the Boomer Siblings’ determination was instrumental in developing productive lives; Army Command Sergeant Major, Cardiologist, Inhalation Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Doctor of Internal Medicine and Air Force Service member.

The Natchez Boomer Siblings; that incredible eight
Born with dynamic God-given talents; to accentuate
It was reliance upon wit, trial and error; no matter the plight
Believe it; creativity propelled problem-solving and ignited insight
And, true faith in God; always reigned; clean, out right
For years, never-ending struggles set the stage for each Boomers journey
Many lessons were learned about life's ups, downs and harsh reality
The valiant Boomers forged careers and a survival tool
Anchored with morals, intelligence and resilience; ever so, cool
Yes, Boomers; you devised lives with a distinctive regime
The Natchez Eight, Baby Boomer Siblings with notable, self-esteem
Thus, a Bust on Stand; eternally honors your tenacity, as supreme

Excerpt from Natchez Eight, Baby Boomer Siblings
Copyright Deborah Young

Monday, May 23, 2011

Visual Poet Disappointed in Oprah Winfrey Last Shows

As Oprah Winfrey prepares to air her last show; I am overwhelmed with disappointment.  Many have stated the show has enhanced their life.  I just believe the show could have made a difference in the lives of the Negro Leagues players.  Over the decades, I wrote the Oprah Winfrey Show and requested that Oprah plan a special show to honor the players of the Negro Leagues.  I thought the Oprah Winfrey Show was the best venue to bestow the befitting honor; since many of Negro League players were growing older and Oprah Winfrey appeared eager to recognize accomplishments of individuals.  While I waited for a response (that never came); one by one, many of the Negro Leagues players died. 

Years ago, I met many of the Negro Leagues players in Secaucus, New Jersey; Leon Day, Ferguson Jenkins, Buck Leonard, Max Manning, Lester Lockett, Lyman Bostock, Sr., Wilmer Fields, Buck O’Neil, Josh Gibson, Jr., Willie Grace, Josh Johnson, etc.  It’s heartbreaking to know that those fabulous Negro Leagues players were not honored during their baseball heyday and very few were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  And, yet, years later; individuals in positions who can make a difference; continue to disregard the Negro Leagues players as honor, worthy.  However, I am grateful to the United Stated Postal Service for the July 15, 2010 issuance of the Negro Leagues Baseball stamp.  Unfortunately, the Postal Service stamp is a posthumous honor for many of the Negro Leagues players.  

Monday, May 9, 2011

Visual Poet Concerned About Mississippi River Flooding 2011

Having been born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi; the Mighty Mississippi River has always played an intricate role in my life.  Each time I have returned to Natchez; I immediately visit the Bluff to check on My Mississippi River.  Therefore, today I pause to honor the Mighty Mississippi River with my poem The River, while listening to Mr. Charley Pride’s song Roll on Mississippi. 

As the Mississippi River swells; causing major to record flooding; I am concerned for the welfare of those in Memphis, Tennessee, Helena, Arkansas, Arkansas City, Greenville, Mississippi, Vicksburg, Mississippi, Tunica, Mississippi, Vidalia, Louisiana, Natchez, Mississippi and other areas.  Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville and Tunica are the only Mississippi cities with bridges over the Mississippi River.

Natchez Mississippi is the City on the Bluff and the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River.  In 1714 the French settled on the high bluffs and surrounding area and two years later a permanent fort was established.  Even though the Mississippi River is rising; there is no chance of Natchez flooding.  Natchez sits on a bluff approximately 150 to 200 feet above the Mississippi River.  But, because the Natchez Under-the-Hill is situated below the main city area; it could experience flooding as the river rises.
   
Many have traveled your deep, murky, uncertain waters
Bursting with remnants of the past and present
Your banks poised with promises of pleasure and danger
All hail, the alluringly mysterious, Mighty Mississippi
The Nile of the South; worthy of the utmost, respect…

Excerpt from The River
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Monday, May 2, 2011

Visual Poet Celebrates Mother’s Day Birthday, May 8, 2011; Kick Start Visual Poetry Tours

Believe it, I was a Mother’s Day baby; born on a spring afternoon in Natchez, Mississippi.  Over the years, my birthday was lost in many a Mother’s Day remembrances and celebrations.  But, this year; I will celebrate my Mother’s Day birthday with elegant fanfare and reflection.  As I approach this momentous Mother’s Day birthday; I am appreciative of individuals who have positively influenced the aspects of my life and visual poetry.

This Mother’s Day birthday signifies the era of the Determined Visual Poet.  For, I believe the time has come to offer Americans an up close and personal view of a Visual Poets’ passionate expression of reality.  Therefore, plans are underway to schedule national tours of Reality, Per Se; An Exhibition of Visual Poetry.  In light of our current economic woes; the Visual Poetry Exhibition tours are intended to uplift and enlighten Americans.    

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Momma, Mother’s Day Tribute Poem


President Obama & Poets at the White House

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor my mother with my Mother’s Day Tribute poem, visual poetry Momma

Momma, I remember, you
Not one of us; your love, did we ever, doubt
You, most definitely set a sterling example
Of a mother, considerate and devout
Nobody, nobody was ever overlooked or went without
Not us kids, not daddy
No matter how much we would yell or pout

Not the woman who needed a coat
As she fled a husband's vicious shout
Not the homeless woman, looking for handouts
As she aimlessly wandered about
Not even, the man who escaped from a chain gang
Looking for food and a waterspout
Not one person in need
Did you ever, refuse to help out
With a personality such as yours
Disclosed in any given dossier

Momma, for you
There will be an eternal tribute on display
A tall, elegant, crystal vase
Filled with a gigantic, colorful, fragrant
Tea rose bouquet
For, you will always be a beautiful
Chic, classy, compassionate mother, I say
Momma, I remember you clearly
As if, it was yesterday...

Excerpt from Momma
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Friday, April 29, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; The Daddy, Father’s Day Tribute Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor my father with my Father’s Day Tribute poem, visual poetry The Daddy

Daddy, your lessons were heartfelt
Meaningful and matter-of-fact
On each of our lives; you definitely, made, an impact
A strong belief in God; you often, did display
You constantly, encouraged us, all
To do, as the Bible, say
You said, abiding the law was the cornerstone
For a successful life, the best, way
The boys, you taught and groomed, to be real men
The girls, you instructed; “Develop a career; a trade, to tend”
You said; “For, yourselves; you must always, fend”
You said; “Upon a man; never, ever, solely, depend”
And, you said; “If abuse occurs; freedom is yours”
“And, your heart; you can mend”

Daddy, you set the tone
You were, the daddy and momma to the eight of us
Completely, on your own
Your cold remedies were strong, bitter
And, many groans, were sown
But, just the same
Your parental concern, was actually, shown
Daddy, you were the captain
And, the anchor, of our crew 
You may not have been the daddy
Who didn’t blunder, a time or two
But, you were the daddy, subject to error
An imperfect being; as we all, adhere to
You were simply, the daddy
Who did the best, you knew, to do

Daddy, we appreciate your efforts
And the difficulties
You, went through
For that, daddy,
We will always, we grateful to you
And, a vase of blue iris
Will eternally pay tribute 
To your faith, wisdom and valor
All, knew as true
Daddy, you will forever be
The daddy, none
Can ever, compare
Daddy, you were certainly
The daddy, who genuinely did, care...

Excerpt from The Daddy
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Atlantic Slave Trade Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; my poem, visual poetry Stolen Dignity honors all the souls snatched from Africa and sold into slavery, worldwide; via the Atlantic Slave Trade.

African drums
Fading, fading into the night 
Innocent souls, were snatched, outright
Souls were wickedly shackled and yoked
Darkening that freedom’s light
All were crammed into ships, close and tight
Bound for far, far lands; out of sight
My Lord, my Lord; why the plight

African drums
African soothing proud drums
Fading, fading into the night 
Recalling the stolen families
Recalling the vitality of dignity
Recalling might and insight
And, finally recalling the will
Recalling the will, to fight 

Excerpt from Stolen Dignity 
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Poop Scoop Pledge Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; my poem The Poop-Scoop Pledge encourages all pet owners to commit to preventing serious human health hazards by scooping the poop.                                                 

I promise as I walk here and there with my best pal
I will proudly carry a scooper to remove all residual
I will not allow my neighborhood duty to go awry
I promise to be readily observant as we stroll by
I will not harm others with the fecal bacteria group
So, when pal squats to drop piles of poop
I will quickly remove it with a clean swoop
'Cause, I actually care about the public safety, that's no doubt
Believe me; I am so ashamed that it took this long, to shout it out
From this day forward, I will use considerate, discipline
I promise, I'll be a responsible animal lover, thru thick and thin
And, I will encourage others to avoid, committing the same, poop sin
This solemn oath, I will never renege, dilly-dally nor hedge
For, today, I faithfully agree to the crucial, Poop-Scoop Pledge

Excerpt from The Poop-Scoop Pledge                                                 
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Time Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor the wisdom of patience with my poem, visual poetry Time    

Tick- tock, tick- tock 
Listen to the clock 
A lie, it cannot tell 
Time, will reveal, it all
Revelation is destined to billow tall
Some overlook its power
While allowing fear to over shower
Tick- tock, tick- tock 
Listen to the clock… 

Excerpt from Time
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Soul Food Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor the origins and joys of African American food with my poem, visual poetry Soul Food

Soul food is all in the attitude
Way back then; determination fueled survival
The creativity of enslaved souls was clearly at work
They transformed crude scraps and inexpensive cuts
All tossed to those, society deemed to exclude
Chitterlings, ham hocks, neck bones, Hoppin' John   
Bowls and bowls of slow cooked red beans
Black-eyed peas, mustard and collard greens 
Fat back seasoned cabbage and butter beans 
Pickled pigs feet, crispy fried cracklings
It’s all soul food; nourishment of bondage
And, later meals created because of poverty’s magnitude
Some were flambéed, flayed and brewed
Whether, food for a buffet marathon
Everyday meals or goings-on
They are always flavorsome, cultural bonbons

Excerpt from Soul Food
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; President Obama; Torchbearer of Change Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor President Barack Obama with my poem and visual poetry The Torchbearer of Change

In this moment; America celebrates President Barack Obama
President Obama; the torchbearer, innovator
The torchbearer ready to transform and restore
The torchbearer who is not afraid to have his say
The torchbearer who promises a much better way
The torchbearer who firmly maintains a stand
The torchbearer of, I Can
The torchbearer of, On Principles I Stand
The torchbearer of integrity
The torchbearer of liberty
The torchbearer of equality
The torchbearer in possession of the harmony key
The torchbearer with the bipartisanship and unity recipe
And, the torchbearer; keeper of America’s inferno, energy…

Excerpt from The Torchbearer of Change
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Hollywood A-Listers Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor those who represent Hollywood with sophistication, versatility and grace with my poem, visual poetry Hooray for Hollywood, Unique A-Listers Outweigh

Believe it, there are those who won’t ever
Dare, tarnish Hollywood’s face
They clearly shine with versatility, sophistication and grace
They are actors with skills
Free of a need for connections or a special pedigree
They haven’t time for scandals or toying with the greedy paparazzi
They ooze with a whole lotta passion, talent and sensibility
Their only dramas are proudly played out on the big screen
With impressive, bold, thespian diplomacy 
And, if that Academy Award is presented
Then, that desirable fĂȘted Oscar
Symbolizes excellent work and an endorsed reality 
Hooray for the real A-Listers, they are Hollywood’s mainstay
They set tone in the midst of Tinsel Town’s melee
They a group of classy celebrities from Hollywood to Broadway
They are restoring the mystique of the red carpet heyday
Hollywood, CA; it is now, most surely, a new day
All because of those unique A-listers who absolutely, outweigh

An Excerpt from Hooray for Hollywood, Unique A-Listers Outweigh
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Easter Bunny Poems

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I highlight my children’s poems, visual poetry of Easter bunny delight; The Easter Bunnies on Hip-Hop Hill and The Great Easter Egg Balloon Drop.  The poems focus on doing what is right and the world’s prettiest Easter bunnies with special skills.

Easter on Hip-Hop Hill is always such a wonderful thrill
Grass of every color grows next to four leaf clovers and the daffodil
On the morning of Easter Day, bunny rabbits hop out of their hideaway
They go about hiding eggs, while they sing, dance and play
They hop-bop and hop-bop from side to side
They do a ducky-wucky dip, turn and do a quick skipping stride
They bow, do a fancy-dancy little slide
They twirl and twirl and slowly ease into a riding glide
They jump into a slip-flip and softly land as they smile, all goggle-eyed
Then they proudly march about, showing their hip-hop, bunny pride
And, so, if on Easter Day you happen to visit Hip-Hop Hill
Get ready for the best bunny drill
There, you will be able to see bunny rabbits as they sing, dance and play
And, of course, you will find pretty eggs, along the way…

An Excerpt from The Easter Bunnies on Hip-Hop Hill
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet


Ah, the little village called Bunny Ville
That’s where the world’s best bunnies call home
Every year, days before Easter
The bunnies gather to practice to hop and prepare eggs
For, the great delivery to nearby towns on the hill
The top bunny calls out the drill
With a tout on his whistle and a loud shout
He says “Let’s see if you’re ready for the egg delivery route”
 
An Excerpt from The Great Easter Egg Balloon Drop
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Negro Baseball League Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor the Negro League baseball players with poem and visual poetry Players of Valor, The Negro Baseball League

They were all cleverly competitive, outstanding leaders
Who blazed trails and painted history to tell
All were extremely versatile but received very little pay
Their amazing God given skills paved the way
Many impressive memories linger
The guards for shins and helmets for batting
Each uniquely created and proclaimed
The sounds of cheers, striking bats
Flying balls and sliding home, a little lame
They were players of the Negro Leagues
All dedicated to the sheer enjoyment of the game
They were appreciated, respected
And we are ever so glad, they came...

An Excerpt from Players of Valor, The Negro Baseball League
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty Days of National Poetry Month 2011; The Baby Boomers Creed Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor the numerous American Baby Boomers with my poem and visual poetry The Baby Boomers Creed

We are Baby Boomers, we are
We are the generation most creative and diverse, by far 
Brand new paths, we have set, all ablaze 
And, we have transformed each and every, life phase 
In elementary school we learned from Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff 
We entertained ourselves; we played rough and sometimes fell on our duff 
Hide-n-seek, ring around the roses
Red light, green light, sling shots and blind man's bluff 
And, toy makers provided us with a whole lotta, stuff 
The slinky, yo-yos, hula-hoops, spinnin', spinnin’ tops
And, marbles and jacks were way off, the cuff
Our music was hot, it has stood the test of time and still hangs tough
We sure did create over two decades of youth culture, positively enough

An Excerpt from The Baby Boomers Creed
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Friday, April 8, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Social Workers Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor Social Workers with my poem and visual poetry the Social Workers Creed.

We are Social Workers, all with an eclectic dossier
We are educated from many an accredited CSWE academy
We hail with the BSW, MSW or DSW degrees
And, stints of unique supervised fieldwork, has enhanced our abilities
We are licensed, certified or even registered; valid, prudent uniformity
Be it LCSW, LMSW or LBSW; the titles, we display, respectfully
We empower, helping people help themselves; we’ve got the right stuff
We possess dedication, determination and competency; minus the fluff
Sho’ ‘nuf, we are America’s empathetic angels; tuff enough
The NASW Code of Ethics, we staunchly adhere to and abide
Cause it encompasses values, principles and standards to guide
We celebrate March as National Professional Social Work Month, for sure
Yet, throughout the year, we practice what we preach, without forfeiture
We definitely make a difference, free of an air of flare
We are authentic and resolute, with lots of care
We claim it; we are judicious Social Workers, extraordinaire
Social Work heroes; worthy of a Bust on a Stand; forever, there...

An excerpt from Social Workers Creed
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Deacons for Defense and Justice Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor the Deacons for Defense and Justice with my poem and visual poetry the Deacons for Defense and Justice; Civil Rights Warriors; Brothers, Badass Bold

Deacons for Defense and Justice
Firm objectors of bigoted oppression
Deacons for Defense and Justice
Legitimate advocates for integration
The almighty Deacons for Defense and Justice
Dependable defenders of truth
Deacons, fuh true; respect and appreciation for you is overdue
Your undying sacrifices and dedication justifies a listin' in the Who's Who
Deacons, I salute you with absolute, steadfast reverence, true-blue
For, your audacity permitted us a peaceful setting, in which to abide
Consequently, a bust on a stand exalts the DDJ
Deacons; gentlemen, forever, dignified…

An Excerpt from Deacons for Defense and Justice; Civil Rights Warriors; Brothers, Badass Bold
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Recovery Road Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; my poem, visual poetry Recovery Road encourages a drug-free lifestyle.

Where have you been, haven't you heard
Recovery is the word
Ecstasy, Cocaine, Alcohol, Pills, Fry
Weed, Syrup, Heroin or Crystal Meth's curd
They can never provide happiness inward nor outward
No amount of drugs, sadness, will they erase
And, not one problem will that hit gratify
But soon, health problems, they will most definitely, amplify
Kidney failure, cirrhosis, heart attacks, and strokes' reply
Or, finally an overdose that sets off death's untimely, lullaby
Denial must not be allowed to control and domineer
For, to sustain recovery
One must be determined, committed and sincere...

An Excerpt from
Recovery Road
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty Days of National Poetry Month 2011; A Perfect World Poem

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I am asking everyone to consistently make efforts to show compassion and acceptance towards others.  My poem, visual poetry A Perfect World and visual poetry, the Lamp of Love was created as a result of noticing the manner in which some mistreat people they perceive as different.

I wish there were a world where hatred, prejudice had no place
I wish there were a world where inclusion was the rule, no matter the race
I wish there were a world, free of evil and wrong
A world, where everybody got along
A world, where we lived in harmony, for our lifelong
Let us light and maintain the Lamp of Love, eternally
For, on this planet, there will always be so many different beliefs, nationalities
Still, we can make it a perfect world, if we only stand together, peacefully…

An excerpt from A Perfect World
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

Monday, April 4, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty Days of National Poetry Month 2011, Poems Honor Mothers, Fathers

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor mothers and fathers who have and continue to make sacrifices for their children.  My poetry, visual poems; Daddy and Mother, A Lady, So Uniquely Rare recognize the special skills loving parents display that make a lasting impact on children.


“Mother, never, will she ever, compare
A mother is surely, a lady full of divine strength and patience”…

Excerpt from Mother, A Lady, So Uniquely Rare
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet


“All men will be measured by you
You, standing tall and handsome, as you do
You setting standards, good bad or new”…

Excerpt from Daddy
Copyright by Deborah Young, Visual Poet

 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Visual Poet’s Thirty, 30 Days of National Poetry Month 2011; Inspired Creativity

On this day of National Poetry Month 2011; I honor those individuals who have inspired my creativity.  Over the years, numerous people have inspired my poems, visual poetry.  The list includes James H. Young, Sr., Theron Payne Young, Former President Bill Clinton, United States military service members, Rhythm Night Club victims, Dr. James H. Young, Jr, Dr. Devell Young, Dan Faulkner, Baby Boomers, bona fide Social Workers, the Young and the Restless, Hollywood A-Listers, Bernie Mac, Sam Cooke, and many others.    

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Visual Poet Honors A Black History Legend; Command Sergeant Major Vivian Bright (retired)

This Black History Month 2011; Command Sergeant Major Vivian Bright (retired) is recognized as one of  the many military, baby boomer and African American legends.  CSM Bright proudly served in the United States Army for 27 years.  Command Sergeant Major Vivian Bright (retired) was the first African American female Master Sergeant, 1st Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army Reserve 75th MAC; Maneuver Area Command.  CSM Bright, along with other service members; played a vital part in the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign.  CSM Bright is also the oldest of the Natchez Eight Baby Boomer Siblings.  Just as all of the Natchez Eight Baby Boomer Siblings; CSM Bright has consistently and effectively tackled all of life’s’ challenges with rare confidence.  CSM Bright is indeed one of the many extraordinary military service members who deserve recognition and the utmost appreciation.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Visual Poet Honors Dr. James H. Young Jr.; American Heart Month, Heart Healthy Chef

American Heart Month reminds us that cardiovascular diseases are America’s No. 1 killer.  Dr. James H. Young, Jr. is taking a stand and making a difference.  Dr. Young is a cardiologist, one of the Natchez Eight Baby Boomer Siblings who consistently educates his patients to prevent and combat heart disease.  During the last several years, Dr. Young has developed a passion for creating heart healthy cuisine.  Dr. Young certainly has the recipe for anyone who is interested in living a healthier, heart healthy, lifestyle.  If you ask me, the cardiologist Dr. James H. Young, Jr. is the best person to talk about heart healthy cooking.  For, Dr. Young is the doctor with a heart and is committed to improve and protect the hearts of all his patients.