Love

BENEDICTION, Obama Inauguration by Rev. Joseph Lowery

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou, who has brought us thus far along the way, thou, who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee.

Shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand true to thee, oh God, and true to our native land.
We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day.

We pray now, oh Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United

Date
Month: 
October
Day: 
6
Author name: 
Lowery , Rev. Joseph

TO A PAL by A. V. Hall.

I placed a flower on your grave today.
I knew you were not there—
but far away
A fleecy white cloud floated
Blotting out a million miles of mystery and blue.
Perhaps in future years--
beyond the sun--
I’ll stroll the Great White Way—
my task all done.
Perhaps I’ll see you in the passing
throng.
I’ll call your name—
And we’ll be pals anew....

AVH, 1955

Date
Month: 
2
Day: 
29
Author name: 
Hall, A.V.

AIN'T THAT PECULIAR by Marvin Gaye

*Honey you do me wrong but still I'm crazy about you
Stay away too long and i can't do without you
Every chance you get you seem to hurt me more and more
But each hurt makes my love stronger than before
I know flowers go through rain
But how can love go through pain

Ain't that peculiar
A peculiar ality
Ain't that peculiar baby
Peculiar as can be

You tell me lies that should be obvious to me
I've been so much in love with you baby til i don't wanna see
That things you do and say are designed to make me blue
It's a dog gone shame my love for you makes all
Your lies seem true

Date
Month: 
January
Day: 
2
Author name: 
Gaye, Marvin

YES, I LOVE AFRIKANWOMEN by Kwame JC McDonald

My momma was an Afrikan woman,
My wife is an Afrikan woman,
My grandmother was a Afrikan woman,
My sisters are Afrikan women,
My nieces are Afrikan women,
Is it a wonder why I don’t love Afrikan women?
Can you understand why I don’t, won’t call an Afrikan woman a “ho?”
Do you see why I don’t, won’t call an Afrikan woman a Bitch?

I spent nine months in the womb of an Afrikan woman, in the warmth of her bosom,
When I cried, it was an Afrikan woman that comforted me.
When I got lost, it was an Afrikan woman who found me and brought me home.
Can you understand why I don’t, won’t physi

Date
Month: 
7
Day: 
13
Author name: 
McDonald, Kwame JC

EBONY EYES by Rick James

Ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...
Ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...

Wind in your hair, sun on your skin
You’re looking good, girl, all over again
Hey there, Miss Brown
I want you to know I love you

Brown as the sand, you’re soft as the shore
You’re leaving me hungry, I’m crying for more
Ooh, we, baby, girl, you’re such a score
And I want you to know that, you know what, girl

I love you
I bet you didn’t know that, girl
You didn’t know that
I need you
Right now, baby, right now, baby
And I bet you didn’t know that ebony eyes

Ooh...ooh...hoo...ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...
Ooh...hoo

Date
Month: 
2
Day: 
1
Author name: 
James, Rick

The Yellow Rose Of Texas by Unknown Author

There's a yellow rose in Texas
That I am a going to see
No other soldier knows her
No one only me

She cried so when I left her
It like to broke my heart
And if I ever find her
We nevermore will part

Chorus:

She's the sweetest rose of color
This soldier ever knew
Her eyes are bright as diamonds
They sparkle like the dew

You may talk about dearest May
and sing of Rosa Lee
But the yellow rose of Texas
Beats the belles of Tennessee

And now I'm going southward, for my heart is full of woe,
I'm going back to Georgia, to see my Uncle Joe.
You may talk about your Beauregar

Date
Month: 
4
Day: 
21
Author name: 
Unknown, Unknown

I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD performed by Carmen McRae, written by Duke Ellington.

*The poets say that all who love are blind;
But I’m in love and I know what time it is!
The Good Book say’s “Go seek and ye shall find”.
Well I have sought and my what a climb it is!
My life is just like the weather,
It changes with the hours;
When he’s near I’m fair and warmer,
When he’s gone I’m cloudy with showers;
In emotion, like the ocean its either sink or swim
When a woman loves a man like I love him.

Never treats me sweet and gentle the way he should;
I got it bad and that ain’t good!
My poor heart is sentimental not made of wood
I got it bad and that ain’t good!
But

Date
Month: 
4
Day: 
8
Author name: 
McRae, Carmen

STORMY WEATHER by Lena Horne.

Don’t know why there no sun up in the sky, stormy weather.
Since my man and I ain’t together, keeps rainin all the time.
Life is time, the time. So weary all the time.
When he went away the blues walked in and met me.

Date
Month: 
6
Day: 
30
Author name: 
Horne, Lena

INQUIRY by Ntozake Shange

My questions concern the subject poetry is whatever runs out/ whatever digs my guts til there’s is no space in myself
Cryin wont help/ callin mama wont help lover are detour/ no way to assuage this poem/ but in the words & they are deceitful/ all of you to share me/ & I hide under my bed/

Poetry is unavoidable connection/ some people get married/ others join the Church I carry notebooks/ so I can tell us what happened/ midnight snacks in bed with whoever/ are no compensation/ when I’m listening to multitudes of voices / I consume yr every word & move/

During the day you are initiated i

Date
Month: 
7
Day: 
2
Author name: 
Shange, Ntozake

I STILL LONG FOR YOU performed by Miriam Makeba,

Wall to wall of foreign names, of places that I’ve been
Time and time and time again, I’ve long prayed for my dream
The journey of my true return, my brothers open arms
Their precious songs of freedom burn
Sing “I will fear no harm.”

In all I do, in all I do
Nothing matters, nothing new, oh
I still long for you, don’t you know
I still long for you, don’t you know

Time won’t heal this open wound, of fate that brought me hear
But I know my heart’s desire, my destiny is near
Justice, take your rightful place, reclaim these stolen years
Let the sound of freedom fall, on these l

Date
Month: 
6
Day: 
29
Author name: 
Makeba, Miriam