Friendship…

I Can’t Walk In Your Shoes
I Haven’t Experienced What You Have Been Through
The Misfortunes, The Abuse, With No Help, No Rescue

Tough Times You Have Faced, Many Trials, And Disgrace
But Our Friendship Remain Strong, It Will Never Be Replaced
I Will Be Your Friend, With Outstretched Hands To Lend
Because I Am Loyal, I Am Genuine, Not Fraudulent
I Will Be Standing With You Until The End
I Will Give A Listening Ear, Wipe Away Your Tears
Showing My Compassion And Highlighting My Care

I Will Be A Shoulder To Lean On, Bring Your Tribulations
With Out-Stretched Arms I Will Be A Baton, I Will Be Your Liaison
Bring Your Burden, Lay It On The Table
I Will Be Available Until You Are Able, And You Are Stable
I Just Want To Be A Friend, My Willingness To You I Extend 
This Is No Pretence, Ride, And Die Till The End
Upon Me, You Can Depend, I Give You Myself
All Of Me, One Hundred Percent

©Charmaine Allwood-Hanson
Excerpt from Book I Speak You Read.
Get yours on Amazon

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Don’t Cry For Me…

DONT WEEP FOR ME WHEN I DIE
YOU NEVER COMFORTED ME
WHEN I WAS SICK AND, IN MY PLIGHT
YOU NEVER SHOWED ME EMPATHY, WHEN I CRIED
NO VISITS FROM YOU, WHEN THINGS WERE AWRY
WHEN I NEEDED A FRIEND WHEN I NEEDED AN ALLY
YOU WERE NEVER AROUND, YOU WERE NEVER BY MY SIDE
I DON'T WANT YOU TO CRY FOR ME WHEN I DIE
I DON'T WANT YOUR EXCUSES, NOR YOUR ALIBIS
DON’T MAKE UP FIBS OR LIES, YOUR ABSENCE IS NOT JUSTIFIED
I THOUGHT UPON YOU I COULD COUNT, ON YOU I COULD RELY
BELIEVED WE WERE A TEAM AND OUR FRIENDSHIP WAS TIGHT
 NOW IT'S NIL, NOW IT'S VOID
SO PLEASE DON'T CRY, WHEN I AM GONE, WHEN I DIE
YOU PRETENDED WE WERE FRIENDS FOR LIFE
TOO LATE NOW, NO RECONCILIATION, BYE, BYE
MAYBE WE WILL BE FRIENDS AGAIN
AND REUNITE IN THE NEXT LIFETIME
© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 

Happy Father’s Day!

You are my beloved, conceived from love
a blessing from God above
I promised to be instrumental in your life
pledged to aid in your development
 and helped you thrive 
 I taught you not to settle for less
but to aim high
to do no wrong, but to do right 
I am committed to being supportive 
and stand by your side
 you are my joy, you are my pride
so, on this special da
before you pour out your 
tributes and accolades 
reflect on this statistic, this survey
there are millions of absentee dads  
who abandon their family, or run away
in their children's upbringing they did not participate
appreciate me, as one of the many men who stayed
then lavish me with all the praise 
 happy father’s day
© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 

MY FIRST MOTHER’S DAY

I NURTURED AND PROTECTED YOU
IN MY WOMB, ENCLOSED IN MY COCOON
TILL THE DATE YOU WERE DUE, READY FOR YOUR DEBUT
 I ADORED YOUR SCENT; YOU WERE PRECIOUS AS I DREAMT
THOUGHT YOU WERE HEAVEN SENT
I WAS ENAMORED
BY YOUR CASCADING CURLS 
AS IT FELL ON YOUR BROW
YOUR SMALL HANDS 
YOUR TINY FEET AND YOUR FAT CHEEKS
I CHERISHED OUR JOURNEY OF FORTY WEEKS
I WANT TO BE UPFRONT
AND SAY, YOU ARE THE FIRST PERSON I LOVED
I AM GLAD I WAITED NINE LONG MONTHS
WHEN I SAW YOU
YOU WERE THE EPITOME OF PERFECTION
YOU HAD ALL MY AFFECTION
I AM PLEASED THAT I WAS, YOUR SELECTION
TO BRING YOU INTO THIS WORLD, AND ON THIS EARTH
 TO BE YOUR MOTHER
AND YOU THOUGHT OF NO OTHER

© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON
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I WILL ALWAYS THANK GOD

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NO MATTER MY CHALLENGES OR DISTRESS
WHETHER FAILURES OR SUCCESS
DAILY I THANK THE LORD, FOR I KNOW I AM BLESSED
NO MATTER THE TRIBULATIONS AND THE DAMNATION
LIFE’S COMPLICATION AND DEGRADATION
THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE, LORD BECAUSE OF YOUR SALVATION
IF I AM PRONE TO SICKNESS OR DECLINING HEALTH
I WILL CONTINUALLY PRAISE THEE, LORD, UNTIL MY LAST BREATH
IF I AM HEALED OR MARKED FOR DEATH
POVERTY STRICKEN AND LEFT WITHOUT WEALTH
I WILL FOREVER WORSHIP YOU, LORD, FROM THE EARTHS’ WIDTH AND DEPTH
DESPITE IN THE DUMPS AND YEARNINGS FOR A BREAKTHROUGH
I WILL ALWAYS GLORIFY YOUR NAME AND DISPLAY GRATITUDE
MY LIFE MAY SEEM CURSED, AND I MAY BE DEEMED A REJECT
BUT REVERENCE TO YOU GOD I WILL ALWAYS PROJECT
WHETHER I AM IN THE EAST, WEST, NORTH, OR SOUTH 
NO MATTER TIME OF PLENTY OR TIME OF FAMINE OR DROUGHT
 IN ANY CROWD I WILL SHOUT OUT LOUD 
 MY BELIEF IN YOU, GOD WILL ALWAYS BE PROFOUND
IN YOUR HOLY NAME I WILL NEVER LOSE FAITH NEITHER BE IN DOUBT 
AND I WILL CONTINUALLY BE A FOLLOWER
BE A DEVOUT
© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD-HANSON 

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You Are A Vanguard

YOU ARE A VANGUARD
YOU ARE YOUR OWN BOSS; YOU BEAR YOUR OWN CROSS
TO THE BEAT OF YOUR DRUM, YOU MARCH
AHEAD YOU FORGE, NO MATTER THE COST
ASSERTIVE YOU ARE, YOU DON’T FUSS, YOU DON’T SPAR
YOU ARE DETERMINED, YOU ARE FOCUSED
YOU AIM FOR THE STAR
SOMETIMES YOU FAIL, SOMETIMES YOU FALL
YOU DON’T WALLOW IN SELF PITY, RARELY YOU BAWL
UP YOU WILL RISE AND STAND TALL
YOU ARE READY FOR THE CHALLENGES, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO CRAWL
YOU ARE PREPARED TO BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS
AND PENETRATE THE WALLS
LIFE IS NOT EASY, YES, IT IS SOMETIMES HARD
BUT DIFFICULTIES YOU WILL OVERCOME
BECAUSE GOD IS YOUR GUIDE AND YOUR GUARD
PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY FIT YOU ARE
PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T WITHDRAW
WITH PATIENCE, AND AMBITION, MAINTAIN YOUR STANDARDS
BE STEADFAST IN YOUR JOURNEY, AIM FOR THE LONG HAUL
YOU ARE RELENTLESS, YOU ARE A VANGUARD

© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD-HANSON

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THE WRONG PRIORITIES

YOU SPEND BILLIONS ON WARS
WHILE THE HUNGRY STARVES
WHAT, YOUR PRIORITIES ARE?
PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF MEDICAL CARE
AND YET THE GOVERNMENT 
DON’T HAVE FUNDS TO SPARE
 THEIR PRIORITIES LIES IN WARFARE
THE POPULACE ARE TAXED-BURDEN
THEIR CHILDREN’S FUTURES ARE UNCERTAIN
MOST OWE STUDENTS LOANS
MANY HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES
HOMELESSNESS HAS GROWN
THEY SAY OUR COMPLAINTS 
ARE OVERBLOWN
MEANTIME MILLIONS ARE SPENT
ON YOUR MISSIONS TO SPACE
WHILE GUN CULTURE 
THE SOCIETY HAS EMBRACED 
 CRIME HAS NOW OUTPACED
LAWFULNESS, WHAT DISGRACE
AS THE GOVERNMENT PRIORITIZED
ARMS RACE
HUMAN LIVES ARE NOT FIRST PLACE
WE NEED GOD’S MERCY
 WE NEED GOD’S GRACE

© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD-HANSON, March 25, 2022 
Photo Credit: Clever Girl Finance

Women’s Day…

I Speak. You Read.

WE CELEBRATE

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

COMMEMORATED ANNUALLY ON MARCH 8TH

TO MEMORIALIZE THE ACHIEVEMENTS THAT WE’VE MADE

GET OUR BIG UPS, RECOGNITIONS, AND ACCOLADES

WE ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED, WITHOUT AWARDS AND PRAISE

GENDER EQUALITY WE DEMAND, AND WHAT WE PROCLAIM

OVERALL, PARITY WE COMMAND, THIS SHOULDN’T BE A DEBATE

THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA SOCIETY SHOULD STIPULATE

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATIONS WE MUST ELIMINATE

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WE SHOULD OBILTERATE

THERE SHOULD BE A MANDATE

ALL GIRS MUST BE SCHOOLED AND WE MUST EDUCATE

WE ARE WORLD LEADERS, SENATORS, PRIME MINISTERS

DOCTORS, LAWYERS, AND RELIGIOUS PREACHERS

WE ARE BUSINESS OWNERS, ENGINEERS, AND TEACHERS

POLICE, NURSE, AND ACADEMICS WITH DEGREES

OTHER PROFESSIONALS WITH VARIED EXPERTISE

WE ARE DAUGHTERS, SISTERS, WIVES, AND FRIENDS

WE ARE BEARERS OF CHILDREN

WE ARE COURAGEOUS, AMBITIOUS, AND WE ARE DRIVEN

WE ARE FEMALES, WE ARE GIRLS, WE ARE WOMEN

WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 3/8/2021

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