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This post was inspired by Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey. In Boston, five men were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel below the ocean to do a nearly impossible job that would help clean the once dirtiest harbor in America. Join From Left to Write on February 19th as we discuss Trapped Under the Sea As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

In life we make plans, grand, beautiful and wonderful plans. Sometimes our plans  knock the socks of those who hear our plans or who watch us as we are carrying out those plans. Then, all of a sudden, something goes wrong, our plans get messed up and we are left lost and wondering what to do. This book reminded me of marriage and the ups and downs of married life. When my husband and I decided to marry about 25 years ago, I told him what I wanted. 
 
Janeane:     We are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after.
 
Darren:        What if we don’t?
 
Janeane:     There is no what if, we are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after. That is it.
 
 
Over the course of our married life, we have had ups and downs. The church girl in me, says that we have had peaks and valley experiences. We married when I was 23 (for one whole month) and he was 28 (for one whole day). We built a life together. We purchased a home, graduated from college, law school and grad school. We had children, and saw one of those children go from kindergarten to her freshman year at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. We had grand plans and looking from the beginning of the marriage to this very day, by all measures, we have succeeded. 

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The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is “Old Walt.” During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.

Old Walt

Old Walt Whitman
Went finding and seeking,
Finding less than sought
Seeking more than found,
Every detail minding
Of the seeking or the finding.

Pleasured equally
In seeking as in finding,
Each detail minding,
Old Walt went seeking
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The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes tribute is “Ballad of a Girl Whose Name is Mud.” During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will start the month with my favorite poem and share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes life richer and better.

Ballad of a Girl Whose Name is Mud

A girl with all that raising,
It’s hard to understand
How she could get in trouble
With a no-good man.

The guy she gave her all to
Dropped her with a thud
Now amongst decent people,
Dorothy’s name is mud.

But nobody’s see her shed a tear,
Nor seen her bang her head.
Aint even heard her murmur,
Lord, I wish I was dead!

No! The hussy’s telling everybody-
Just as if it was no sin-
That if she had a chance-
She’d do it agin!

 

This poem has so much going on with it! Take a minute to look beyond the story of a young woman who got into trouble over a man. That is a story that is old and gets older the more it is told. Instead look at the resilience of th young girl. Look at the haughtiness she has that is so common in the young. She admits she did wrong, but insists she will not let that wrong ruin her life. She if moving onward and upward. She is not keeping her head bowed. She is not allowing herself to be defeated or to bow to th bad words and murmuring that is surly going on around her. Instead, she is moving forward and declaring she will give life another shot.

This is a valuable lesson for us all. When you mess up and things seem horribly wrong, be encouraged, keep moving forward with determination. You cannot control the rumors of those around you, but you can control how you react to the rumors and how you let defeats impact your life. Sometimes, you have to suck it up and move forward so that you can get back on track. Do not let defeats keep you down for ever. Instead, admit a mistake was made, apologize and then take steps to make things better. No where in the prior statement do you see an admonition that you hang your head in shame. There are only 24 hours in a day. When you mess up, fess up, fix up and then keep moving forward!

If you want to get some Langston Hughes books of your own, check out the following. Please note, these are affiliate links which means I may earn income if you purchase one of these books.

1. This is the book I keep on my desk in my office. It is worn out and the edges are frayed because I use it so much. It was a gift from my husband which makes it a special treasure.

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)


2. The Simple stories were my introduction to Langston Hughes. They are an incredible combination of entertainment, sociology and politics of the time.

The Early Simple Stories (Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Vol 7)


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The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is “Advice.”   During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.
You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.
Advice
 
Folks, I’m telling you,
birthing is hard
and dying is mean-
so get yourself
a little loving
in between.
 
This poem is a quick down and dirty statement of the idea that you only live once and life is hard so a person should do some things she enjoys while she is alive. We are all born and we all die. Those things are givens that we are powerless to change. What we can do, is take some time to live, to love and enjoy the blessing that life is while we are living it. Keep in mind, life is short and life is long. Life is too short to miss opportunities that are presented to us. At the same time, life is too long to spend our days in regret for opportunities we have missed. Get up, live your life and enjoy it as you do.
If you want to get some Langston Hughes books of your own, check out the following. Please note, these are affiliate links which means I may earn income if you purchase one of these books.
1.  This is the book I keep on my desk in my office. It is worn out and the edges are frayed because I use it so much. It was a gift from my husband which makes it a special treasure.

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)

2. The Simple stories were my introduction to Langston Hughes. They are an incredible combination of entertainment, sociology and politics of the time.

The Early Simple Stories (Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Vol 7)

 

 

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It is sensational  to love to read. At its simplest level, reading is the act of looking at groups  of letters , determining   that the letters are words and purring those words  together to convey  information. Mist people learn to read when they are children In the beginning we learn to read so we can learn.  Later we read so we can learn. The truly fortunate among us, begin to read simply for the joy of reading.

 

Today we   have many reading options in both paper books and  ebooks. You can choose to read on your computer, ebook, or even a telephone. My persons al favorite is to read paper books, but most of my reading is done via my eReader . I must admit I like the power of having over 2,000 books in my hand at any given time! More »

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