Tag Archives: Poem

What the Emerald Means to Me: The Power of Unity

by Sharon Nyree Williams 

(In support of the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser we asked community members to share about what the Emerald means to them.)


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POETRY: FREE

by Nakeya Isabell


Many people talk about the struggle

But I wonder if they know the story of pain

How our ancestors journeyed through the terror and the rain

See Harriet Tubman said she freed a thousands slaves

But could have freed a 1,000 more if only they knew they were slaves………

See, If we knew we were trained to be modern-day slaves, would we really choose to live?

What would happen if we acknowledged our reality and made steps towards change?

If we as people could recognize our identity, with a propensity to embrace our strengths, we could change this world

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POETRY: Masks

by Matt Aspin


We’ve always worn masks to survive. Now they’re just more visible.

They cover so much but they hide so little.

Since we can’t seem to look past our differences … 

What if we just extend our masks of cover?

Instead of my mouth, why not cover my eyes? And my hair? And my skin?

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