Never Again…

DURING WORLD WAR 2, HITLER THE TYRANT RULED

WAR WAS WAGED, PROPAGANDA PREVAILED

THE GERMAN POSTULATED THEY WERE THE MASTER RACE

AMIDST ANTI-SEMITIC CAMPAIGNS, THE HORRIFIC NAZI REIGNED

THEY WERE EVIL, INHUMANE, AND CRUDE

THEY EXECUTED SIX MILLION JEWS

ALONG WITH MILLIONS OF GYPSIES, DISABLED, HOMOSEXUALS

AND OTHER NON-ARYANS

 SLAVIC, LEFTIST, JEHOVAH WITNESS LIVES WERE ALSO DEPLETED

MENGELE EXPERIMENTED ON TWINS, AND THEM, HE MISTREATED

BABIES BORN,   THEN DROWNED, DESPITE THE MOTHERS’ PLEADING

 MANY WERE ROBBED OF THEIR BUSINESS, BELONGINGS, AND ABODES

PLACED IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND CONFINED TO GHETTOES

THE INTIMIDATORS WERE THE BRUTAL SECRET POLICE, THE GESTAPO

 THE NAZIS SUPPORTERS WERE COLLABORATORS

MILLIONS WAS LED TO THE GAS CHAMBERS AND INCINERATORS

THOUSANDS STARVED, THE DISABLE EUTHANIZED

 BABIES, PREGNANT WOMEN, THE YOUNG, THE OLD AND EVEN RABBIS

WERE SUFFOCATED AND DIED FROM ZYKLON B

AND CARBON MONOXIDE

 THE RESISTANCE FIGHTERS WERE SYMPATHIZERS AND ALLIES 

THE NAZIS THEY TRIED TO DESTABILIZE

THE HOLOCAUST WAS DREADFUL, IT WAS VIOLATION OF HUMAN LIFE

IT WAS MASS MURDER, MASSACRE, IT WAS GENOCIDE

THE VITRIOLIC, THE PREJUDICE AND THE HATE

THE FEAR THAT PERMEATED EUROPE’S AIR

THE ALMOST EXTERMINATION OF THE JEWISH RACE

THIS ABOMINABLE, DESPICABLE ACT MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN

WRITTEN BY CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 3/20/2021

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Women’s Day…

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

She…

SHE CHOSE THE WRONG MEN ALL THE TIME

SHE COULD NEVER GET IT RIGHT

SHE LOATHED THE DRAMA IN HER LIFE

SHE THOUGHT THE ABUSE AND BEATINGS WAS ALRIGHT

SHE THOUGHT THE BATTERING WASN’T A CRIME 

SHE SAID HE LOVED HER THAT’S WHY THEY FIGHT

SHE WASN’T ALLOWED FRIENDS, SHE WAS  IN A PLIGHT

SHE WAS CONTROLLED BY HIM, COULDN’T BE OUT OF HIS SIGHT

SHE SEEKED HELP, SHE TRIED TO RUN. AND SHE TRIED TO HIDE

SHE ONCE ESCAPED, BUT SHE WAS CAUGHT AND CONFINED

SHE WAS CAPTIVATED BY HIS SWEET WORDS, HE SAID “LET’S REUNITE”

SHE WAS LURED WITH FLOWERS, WINE AND DINED

SHE WAS ONCE AGAIN ASSAULTED FROM MORNING TILL NIGHT

SHE TRIED PROTECTING HER BABIES FROM THE FRIGHT

SHE SHIELD THEM WITH ALL HER MIGHT

SHE DID NOT BELIEVE UPON HIS OWN KIDS,VIOLENCE HE WOULD INCITE

SHE PLEADED AND BEGGED, BUT HE WAS NOT CONTRITE

SHE WITNESSED HIS TERROR, SHE SAW EVIL IN HIS EYES

SHE TOOK MATTERS IN HER HANDS, AND STRENGTH SHE APPLIED

SHE DID NOT MEAN TO LET HIM DIE, IN HIS CHEST SHE PLUNGED THE KNIFE

SHE ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE, BUT HER ACTION WASN’T JUSTIFIED

SHE IS NOW HEADING TO PRISON FOR A LIFETIME, HER FREEDOM DENIED

SHE DID NOT LIKE THE CHOICE

 BUT IT WAS  HIM, HER, OR THE CHILDREN’S LIFE

WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 2/12/2021

For the battered woman

Pexel Photo

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA YOU WERE BORN
IN YOUR FIGHT AGAINST

RACIAL INEQUALITY YOU WERE SCORNED
JANUARY 15TH WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY
NOW ANNUALLY IT’S MEMORIALIZE
AND COMMEMORATED AS MLK JR DAY
A LEADER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
YOU FOUGHT HARD FOR OUR GENERAL IMPROVEMENT
INCLUDING VOTING RIGHTS, LABOR RIGHTS
JUSTICE AND EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL
IT WAS YOUR MISSION, IT WAS YOUR CALL
YOU SPOKE OUT AGAINST RACISM AND SEGREGATION

ENCOURAGED UNITY IN THE NATION, TO MANY YOU BROUGHT SALVATION

YOU PREACHED NON-VIOLENCE AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
YOUR CHRISTIANITY EVIDENT, WITH YOUR BAPTIST INFLUENCE

YOU GRAPPLED AGAINST POVERTY

ALL YOU YEARNED FOR WAS HUMANITY AND RACIAL EQUALITY
A GREAT ORATOR YOU WERE, IN WASHINGTON IN 1963, YOU UTTERED
YOUR SPEECH “I HAVE A DREAM” WHICH IS ALWAYS HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM

THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE IN 1964 YOU WON
YOU, THE BAPTIST PREACHERS SON, THE RIGHTEOUS ONE
TIRELESSLY YOU WORKED AS AN ACTIVIST AND ADVOCATE
FOR BLACKS, POOR, AND THOSE WE REPUDIATE
YOU ATTENDED & LED CAMPAIGNS SIT INS’, RIOTS
MARCHES AND BOYCOTTS, YOU WERE A GIANT

DAY AFTER YOUR FINAL SPEECH IN 1968, “I HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP”
THEN YOUR ADVOCACY WAS STOPPED, BY A BULLET, A FATAL SHOT
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR, OUR ICON, ALTHOUGH LONG GONE

YOU REMAIN OUR HERO-UNSUNG

WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON

I Am Unique…

I AM ME

UNIQUE

DIFFERENT FROM YOU

I AM MYSTIQUE

I HAVE MY OWN STYLE

I HAVE MY OWN TRAITS

I DO EMULATE

 FROM OTHERS WHO DEMONSTRATE

THE SAME CHARACTER

GOOD DEEDS & WAYS

THAT I LOVE AND ADVOCATE

I DON’T DICTATE

I TEACH AND PRAISE

AND I DO PORTRAY

CONSTRUCTIVE VIBES

BECAUSE I AM OF THE TRIBE

TO BRING POSITIVITY

ALL TIME

By Charmaine Allwood-Hanson

Our Heroine: Queen Nanny

Image courtesy of Originalpeople.org

YOU WERE MYSTICAL, YOU WERE TACTICAL

 YOU WERE RADICAL

MANY SAY YOU WERE MILITANT

OTHERS SAY YOU WERE VIGILANT

I SAY YOU WERE DOMINANT

A MIGHTY WOMAN

SOME SAY YOU WERE A STRATEGIST

FAR FROM BEING A PACIFIST

I SAY YOU WERE AN ACTIVIST

TO THE ENGLISH YOU WERE AN ANTAGONIST

YOU DEFEATED THE WICKED COLONIALIST

CONJURING UP YOUR AFRICAN CULTURE & SPIRITS

YOU WERE A SPIRITUALIST

FROM WEST AFRICA YOU CAME

MODERN DAY GHANA, NOW IT’S NAMED

SPECIFICALLY, FROM THE AKAN PEOPLE

YOU WERE A GIANT, YOU WERE A STEEPLE

ADORED FOR YOUR COURAGE AND BRAVERY

YOU FOUGHT VALIANT AGAINST SLAVERY

LEADING PLATOONS OF MAROONS

YOU CREATED HAVOC TO THE BRITISH BRUTAL RULE

TRAINED IN GUERILLA WARFARE

THE BRITISH ARTILLERY YOU DID NOT FEAR

URBAN LEGEND CLAIMED, YOU BLOCKED

BULLETS WITH YOUR DERRIERE

AS YOU FOUGHT, AS YOU COMMANDEERED

TODAY YOUR NAME IS RESPECTED AND REVERED

YOU GAVE US EMPOWERMENT

OUR EMBODIMENT OF RESILIENCE

TO THE OPPRESSORS AND THE OPPONENT

YOU WERE EVIL, YOU WERE AN OMEN

THE BRITISH BRANDED YOU AN ENEMY

YOU WERE TOUGH AND MENANCING

YOU ARE, JAMAICA’S ONLY NATIONAL HEROINE

YOU AND YOUR POSSE FREED MANY OF THE ENSLAVED

THE ABENG WAS USED TO COMMUNICATE

YOUR HIDEOUT WAS THE BLUE MOUNTAIN ENCLAVES

TODAY, YOUR ARE BURIED AT BUMP GRAVE

YOU ARE HONORED FOR YOUR LEGACY

YOUR PORTRAIT IS ON THE JAMAICA’S $500 CURRENCY

WE SALUTE YOU OUR ESTEEMED ASHANTI

SOMETIMES CALLED GRANNY NANNY

OUR BELOVED QUEEN NANNY

WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 8/20/20

Corona…

YOU DISRUPTED OUR NORMALCY,

SOME SAY YOU ARE A CONSPIRACY

OTHERS SAY YOU ARE A PROPHECY

OUR WAYS OF GREETING HAS CHANGED

SOCIAL CUSTOMS REARRANGED

NO MORE HUGGING AND HAND SHAKING

NOW SOCIAL DISTANCING

USE OF HAND SANITIZER AND DISINFECTING WIPES

 THIS THE NEW NORM, NEW RULES TO CONFORM

 HOME SCHOOLS ARE THE NEW PROCEDURE

PARENTS BECOME TEACHERS, NO MORE PREACHERS

AS CHURCHES CLOSED THEIR DOORS

BANKRUPTCY, WORKING CLASS NOW POOR

UNEMPLOYMENT SURGING, BUSINESS CLOSING

 ECONOMIES FAILING, THE POPULACE WAILING

LEADERSHIP WEAK, THE FUTURE LOOKS BLEAK

POLITICIANS YOU TOOK TOO LONG TO ACT

POPULATIONS DYING, OUR LIFE’S UNDER ATTACK

NOW THINGS ARE OUT OF CONTROL

DESTROYING OUR BODY AND SOUL

CORONA OR COVID19, LEAVE US PLEASE

TAKE YOUR COUGHS, FEVERS AND SNEEZE

CLEAR OUR LUNGS, LET US BREATHE WITH EASE

ADIOS! MR DISEASE

LYRICS BY CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 3/20/20

I Speak. You Read. Poetry Book

I Speak. You read is a collection of poems by first time Poet and Author Charmaine Allwood Hanson. These poems are inspiring, inspirational and spiritual. The poems are simplistic and easy to read, and Charmaine writes in a melodious tone that captivates listeners and readers.

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