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A Raven Haired Girl


Item#: 2018SYR16

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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A Raven Haired Girl

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A raven haired girl
wrapped in a woolen red cloak
prays alone downtown.

I am an artist and when I would write a poem I would paint a beautiful picture that would have a lot of imagery. Writing the poem would be like looking at a painting. I've always studied different spiritual paths. My inspiration for this poem was a girl I knew in recovery. She liked to panhandle downtown. She and I were together once and to my amazement discovered she was fluent in tongues. It was amazing. The person in the poem is at home downtown and they feel free by themselves. But for people like me who have a schizoaffective disorder, those kinds of experiences can be very isolating. Prayer gets me through them.

I am eternally grateful to have had such an amazing upbringing. It was never sunshine and rainbows, but having parents like mine to show my siblings and I the beauty in the struggle was instrumental in my mental development as a young adult. As a child, whenever I would feel overwhelmed, my mother would lay me down and let me play with her flowing, black hair, while she prayed for better days.

This haiku was my first and only choice. It reminded me so much of my mother; a strong, independent, and spiritual woman, who was renown in our village as the woman with the most beautiful hair in the Dominican Republic.