About Tiffany Reese: Tiffany Reese is a young poet with a drive to inspire the world. She has touched many with her uplifting words of encouragement and profound knowledge of issues dealing with everyday life. She has a passion for the younger generation and does everything she can to educate them about life, God, and loving themselves through her poetry. She has received the “Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence” and the “2003 Poet of The Year Medallion”. She has gone several places spreading her talent to those who have an ear to hear what God has to say. Tiffany not only writes poetry but she also writes and directs plays and has begun writing her first novel.
As I reflect on times passed, many situations and confrontations of negativity slip slowly through a black hourglass; once there was slavery and those hating me but now it seems as if I am destined to be hated by me or should I say by those of my kind; Why is it that time has suddenly flipped into rewind? Entrapment of lives has now evolved into entrapment of the mind; our lack of knowledge has left us incarcerated with no plan of escape; it’s like we’re locked down behind massa’s gate waiting to be freed and now it is hundreds of years later and we still do not see a need to succeed; black on black crimes and robberies, brothas beating sistas and broken families, what exactly is our destiny mapping out to be? Do we proceed or recede? Change will never come if we constantly wait for someone else, look at the trap you have set for yourself not realizing how quickly the future covers the past, we sit back and laugh, as time slips slowly through a Black Hourglass
I am labeled as Black, as Mexican, as Latino, as White, as many different breeds of American;
I am classified by the pigment of my skin, by the texture of my hair, and by your standards I am almost non-human;
I am STEREOTYPED;
I am pre-judged as illiterate, as unknowledgeable, as unaware, as dumb, as intolerable;
I am also spoken to be non-sufficient, unable, and unwilling;
I am deemed an outcast but what many don’t believe many choose not to understand and because I am curious you say that I am slow to comprehend…when actually I come from generations of intellectual minds who are said to be peculiar, strange, hard to figure out but yet I am in high demand;
Who’s to say one cannot assume another’s capabilities when many have already assumed me and my abilities to be not what others perceive but what I am destined to be;
If life were actually based on the classification set by man then I would be close to nothing, at the bottom of the list, not even worth a grain of sand, but life is based on the truth and not a lie so the truth is….
I am a believer of the most high, chosen to perpetuate the world with righteousness;
I am blessed with a heart of compassion, a soul full of love and grace for it is he that gives me the strength to live day by day;
I am what God has made and predestined me to be and what is unpleasing to you is of least importance to me for it is not by your thoughts and feelings I will be judged but by the obedience of my heart, the understanding of his word, the pureness of my soul and living by the fruit of the spirit that I withhold;
Now, with all that said and done I pray that you have come to the conclusion that I am not what you want me to be but I am a child of God and that’s what matters most to me.
This One’s For You
Tall and strong he stands with the world in the palm of his hands sometimes it’s hard for us to understand the way he does his thing and when he speaks it’s like his voice sings a deep rich harmony more like a mellow melody he inspires me with a deepness of thought this is something that can’t be bought it’s priceless he ranks #1 on my list of importance like a rare jewel he is unique and like devotion he is faithful a father, we all should be grateful to have such a leading figure in our life, a provider, a motivator, a guiding light in the midst of the darkest night, he is the comfort within the feeling that everything is alright; a father is courage when we fear, a father is to be upheld and cherished so dear and not broken down verbally until he is of his mere essence, a father is a blessing and should be treated as such respected and not neglected for he has feelings that consists of more than the ability to see, smell, hear, taste and touch, without him there is no us; I know at times it seems as if people are growing colder it’s like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders pressing down heavily like boulders these times are getting hard but we will make it through although sometimes we may not always agree with you but we are here because we love you; A father, one who is the giver of life and the redeemer of pain throughout history many have tainted the name father by taking the responsibility jokingly leaving half of America unclaimed but to those who know the real definition of being a father walks with his head held high and not down with shame, he looks towards the sky and acknowledges his father, our father God; So from me to all of you in this most special way, I commend you on your strength, I honor you for your truth, and I love you for just being you.