Category Archives: Children

When Blood Bleeds

A village raises a child Multitudes encourage a smile yet, when isolated, slashes of words may cut long past the umbilical chord……. Primeval surges reach back and tug as devils are rampant and thwart my hugs.. I hit my knees..cry out … Continue reading

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King

Because of him folk began to see chocolate, pecan, chocolate, fudge,  caramel, chocolate,  cinnamon, and blackberry As spices of equality. Because of him, I saw the door of possibility open much wider than a crack. Because of him, I realized that black … Continue reading

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Fava Beans and Gospel (In memory of our daughter’s great-grandparents)

If our daughter’s Italian great-grandfather,  Chicch(Francesco), my husband’s grand-father, could have met our daughter’s African-American Indian great-grandmother, Mildred,(Mama Mill), my grandmother,  their conversation may have run a bit like this: Chicch:  “Mildred, This is how you make fava beans.” Mildred: “Chicch, This is how … Continue reading

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Cribs

Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!   Würth Austellung Krippen aus aller Welt, Arlesheim, Switzerland Würth Art Gallery  Cribs from around the World, Arlesheim, Switzerland  Ulfert-Buchholz Collection

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Pinto beans and Cornbread, Coconut, Pineapple and Chili Cake, Christmas & Kwanzaa

Christmas bi-coastal. ….worth the jet lag

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WE

We, brown skinned, black skinned, ivory skinned women, We, of upright posture and pearly teeth, We, Sisters who carry the weight of the spirits… Our children….our children, vessels of attempted destruction. We sow, reap, We keep quiet, speak, We hurt, … Continue reading

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FASNACHT IN BASEL

Since 4:00 a.m. the sound of “tu tu de doo tu tu doo doo” pipes punctuate the atmosphere, funny, bizarre, sometimes grotesque costumes  entice one to reach for the camera, children with painted faces, eyes of bewilderment, a solitary artist, hands decorated … Continue reading

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JOY IS

  Joy is having a girlfriend who has been ill stop by your new shop unexpectedly Joy is feeling the love, warmth and gratitude as you watch your girlfriend and your daughter caught up in a “catching up” conversation. Joy is understanding … Continue reading

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WHEN THEY TRY TO SHUT YOU AWAY

(C)Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna Dell’Era with appropriate and … Continue reading

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NELSON, IF YOU MUST GO (Poem for Nelson Mandela)

NELSON, IF YOU MUST GO If you must go know that your shadow reigns supreme internationally. If you must go, Tell Martin that his people have almost reached the promised land and that President Barack Obama is the new man … Continue reading

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