Friday, September 05, 2014

Hood Spotlight: Paterson, NJ (For Genesis Rincon #RIP) - a Tanka poem

Hood Spotlight: Paterson, NJ
(For Genesis Rincon #RIP 7.5.14)

Future’s bright, life’s good

Scooting to store in my Hood
Lost-ones. Shots. Screech. Cops.
Scattered shells, scooter fell - screams!
End scene - Never made thirteen

Tara S. Gause
© 2014

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Hood Spotlight: Charlotte, NC (For Jonathan Ferrell #RIP) - a Tanka poem

Hood Spotlight: Charlotte, NC
(For Jonathan Ferrell #RIP 9.14.13)

*knock!-knock!-knock!* "Please help"
Crashed male at Bradfield Farms door
THREAT! Sound the alarm
Bullets swarm due to dark hue
Flag flown half-staff at FAMU

Tara S. Gause
© 2014
All Rights Reserved

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#LastWords (For Eric Garner #RIP) - a Tanka poem

(For Eric Garner #RIP 7.17.14)

Died by homicide
Cig man, loving Dad of six
NYPD pricks
with God complex chokehold neck
Last words received – “I can’t breathe” 

Tara S. Gause
© 2014
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#LastWords (For John Crawford III #RIP) - a Tanka poem


(For John Crawford III #RIP 8.5.14)

Just shopping while Black
Young man, toy gun in hand – BANG!
Bloody. Walmart. Floor.
These three words spieled - "It’s not real"

Killed! Cop blows smoke off hot steel

Tara S. Gause
© 2014
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hood Spotlight: Ferguson, MO (For Mike Brown #RIP) - a Tanka poem

Hood Spotlight: Ferguson, MO
(For Michael Brown #RIP 8.9.14)

“My hands up, don’t shoot!”
BANG! times 6 – no weapon found
4 hours on ground
U.S. propaganda prey
Absent - St. Lou U first day

Tara S. Gause
© 2014
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Sunday, December 26, 2010


Goddyssey Museum of Poetry Presents: Creative Corridors

Enter into the Goddyssey Museum of Poetry, the poetic realm and sanctuary of the immortal Poetic Goddess Tara Shenéa. In this artistic collection of poetry the reader will journey through the corridors of creativity and become supernaturally exposed to feelings of inspiration, love, laughter, power, faith-filled encouragement and so much more. The Goddess absorbs the reader with her engaging rhythmic style and diverse content to meet every reader’s needs. Wonder and amazement awaits in the featured Exhibition Hall corridor where she captivates and awes the reader with phenomenal expression using international, as well as American traditional and contemporary poetry form styles.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Awakening

In His Own Words by Nas and Damian Marley
Distant Relatives album

The Awakening

Blessings and gifts acquired
Fought for my inheritance
Not by happenstance
but with implanted pressure
To up measure
and to meet the needs of those who
reside in spiritual poverty with lesser
I did it for the seedlings who watch
from their microscopes
taking conduct notes
of my expressions
in the petri dish below
Self-made man
African Ameri-CAN
do all things with the strength of the Lamb
I did it designed as divinely planned
Be fruitful and multiply positive vibes
to the lost tribes
in this Western land of Christian values demised
Advance perspectives away from the dunes of gloom
awaits in their fates if light isn’t given room
Those who are wise are given instrumental mental eyes
To see
To decipher
and expose
the wiles and the lies
To hear cries 
of extinction begun
Don’t run!
You are the change
you wish to reflect in your eyes
After many tries
The worn checkered board 
and sense of reality will collide
And the flowing veil
before thee will rise
And you can see the sway of pointed tails
and the reflection of flames in their eyes

Tara S. Gause aka Poetic Goddess Tara Shenéa
© 2010. All Rights Reserved
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