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

Get the book I Write You Recite

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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 
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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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Love Your Skin

HEY MELANATED MAN, WOMAN, BOY, AND GIRL
YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD, ENTITLED TO BE ON THIS EARTH
DON’T FEEL BELITTLED, DON’T THINK LIKE A
“HAS BEEN”
YOU SHOULD NOT BE JUDGED BY THE COLOUR OF YOUR SKIN
SO PLEASE, DON’T BLEACH, DON’T SCORN YOUR SKIN, YOU ARE NOT SIN
DON’T ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE DEGRADED AND BE BULLIED TO FIT IN
SHOW YOUR STRENGTH, PROVE YOU CAN WIN
JUST EMBRACE & LOVE YOUR MELANIN
LET IT POP, LET IT SHINE, LET IT BE YOUR BLING
WEAR IT MEEKLY AND WITH A GRIN
STOP ACTING AS IF YOU HAVE CURSED SKIN
LET IT GLOW IN WINTER, SUMMER, FALL
OR SPRING
LET YOUR MELANIN RADIATE OUTWARD AND WITHIN
WITH A VARIETY OF BROWNS, AND BLACKS
YOU ARE PRINCES, YOU ARE PRINCESSES
YOU ARE QUEENS, YOU ARE KINGS
BE PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MELANATED SKIN
BE ASSERTIVE, BE POSITIVE, DON’T LET THEM CLIP YOUR WINGS
REVEAL TO THE WORLD YOU HAVE GRIT, FIRE
AND STING
YOU ARE UNASSUMING, BUT YOU DON’T
DO ASS KISSING
YOU ARE SPECIAL, YOU ARE HUMAN, YOU CAN
BE ANYBODY, YOU CAN BE ANYTHING
BE PROUD OF YOUR MELANATED SKIN

Written by Charmaine Allwood-Hanson
Extract from Book: I Write You Recite

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Are You Okay?

ARE YOU OKAY?
THESE THREE WORDS
WE SHOULD SAY
TO EACH OTHER EVERY DAY
SPECIFICALLY, THOSE WHOSE
LIFE IS IN DISARRAY
AND THE ONES WE DEEMED STRONG
ASK, WHAT'S WRONG?
OFFER THEM A HELPING HAND
GIVE A LISTENING EAR
SHOW THAT YOU CARE
 TELL THEM HAVE NO FEAR
AND WE ARE AWARE 
OF WHAT’S GOING ON
IN YOUR MIND
THE TURMOIL YOU 
ARE FEELING INSIDE
PLEASE CHOOSE TO STAY ALIVE
CALL THE PREVENTION HOTLINE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO PREMATURELY DIE
DON'T COMMIT SUICIDE 


Charmaine Allwood-Hanson 2/1/22
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New Year. New View

IT IS TIME FOR
NEW RESOLUTION, NEW RULES
NEW FRIENDS, NEW CREW
NEW THOUGHTS, NEW VIEWS
NEW WAYS, NEW TRUTHS
NEW SPIRIT, NEW MOOD
NEW COMMITMENTS
NEW PLANS TO PURSUE
NEW LEARNING 
NEW APTITUDE
AIMING FOR NEW HEIGHTS
SOARING TO NEW ALTITUDE
PRAISING GOD
I AIM TO DO
SHOWING MORE LOVE 
  AND GRATITUDE
HAPPY NEW YEAR 
AND PROSPEROUS 2022

By Charmaine Allwood Hanson
12/23/21

It’s Christmas Time

ONCE AGAIN IT’S THE FESTIVE SEASON
FAMILIES AND FRIENDS GATHER
TO SOCIALIZE, HAVE FUN, AND REASON
HOMES ARE ADORNED WITH
ORNAMENTS AND DECORATIONS
CHRISTMAS CAROLS ARE
BLASTING ON RADIO STATIONS
THE AIR IS FILLED WITH JUBILATION
EVERYWHERE THERE ARE CHRISTMAS TREES
SMALL, TALL, MAJESTIC, AND GREEN
SOME ARTIFICIAL, SOME  REAL 
THE TREES ARE BEAUTIFIED AND BRIGHTLY LIT
CHILDREN SPIRITS GLEEFULLY LIFT
AS THEY UNWRAP THEIR CHRISTMAS GIFTS
THEN COMES THE TREAT
SOME CALL IT THE FEAST
WITH LOTS OF FOOD TO EAT
SUCH AS MACARONI AND CHEESE
WE ALSO CONSUME RICE AND PEAS
WITH A VARIETY OF MEATS
NAMELY CHICKEN, PORK, FISH 
GOAT AND OXTAIL
NO TIME TO THINK OF WEIGHT GAIN 
OR GETTING ON THE SCALES
AND BEFORE, THE FESTIVITIES END
WE EAGERLY AWAIT THE DIVIDEND
A DESSERT KNOWN BY SEVERAL NAMES
CHRISTMAS-RUM, OR BLACK CAKE 
IN WHICH EVERYONE PARTAKES
SO FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND PEERS
WITH OUR GLASSES FULL OF SORREL
WE SAY CHEERS
WE WILL REPEAT THIS 
JOLLIFICATION NEXT YEAR



WRITTEN BY CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 

WHAT’S WRONG WITH US?

NO LONGER DO THEY CRY  
THEY BARELY EMPATHIZE
NO TEARS FROM THEIR EYES
THEY RARELY SYMPATHIZE
WHAT ARE THE REASONS
THE QUESTION IS WHY?
HAS SOCIETY BECOME DESENSITIZED?
HAS THE POPULACE BECOME UNCIVILIZED?
THERE ARE TOO MANY RAPES AND TOO MANY VILE
PREVALENCE OF MURDERS AND OTHER CRIMES
PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER SHOCKED
NO LONGER HORRIFIED
WHENEVER THERE ARE VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS 
OR SOMEONE IS INJURED AND ON THE ROAD LEFT TO DIE
THEY WILL FAIL TO GIVE ASSISTANCE 
AND NO COMPASSION THEY  WILL APPLY
INSTEAD, THEIR CAMERAS ARE AIMED  
 AT THOSE WHO ARE COMPROMISED 
THEN THE GORY PHOTOS ARE PUBLISHED 
ON SOCIAL MEDIA, ONLINE
YES, EVERYTHING HAS TO BE SENSATIONALIZED
THEN THEY COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER
TO SEE WHO GET THE MOST LIKES
CHILDREN ARE UNLOVED 
THEY ARE SEVERELY CHASTISED
THERE IS A LACK OF RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY 
AND THE MARGINALIZED
IMPORTANT THINGS ARE REGULARLY TRIVIALIZED
MATERIAL POSSESSIONS ARE OFTEN PRIORITIZED
WHILE HUMAN LIVES ARE CONSIDERED WORTHLESS
AND FREQUENTLY MINIMIZED
THERE IS TOO MUCH GREED AND TOO MUCH GLUTTONY
THEY WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED
WITH WICKEDNESS IN THEIR MIDST, EVIL THEY IDOLIZED
GODLINESS IS NEEDED IN THEIR HEARTS, MINDS, AND LIVES

WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALWWO0D HANSON 9/25/2021

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