Life As An Art Form

Quips & Commentaries in Prose and Poetry

The longer I live, the more I appreciate: A new sunrise; A rare moon; Blankets of fallen leaves bedazzled in red, gold, purple, yellow, and other nameless colors; Laughter; Prolonged sleep on a rainy Saturday morning in Fall; and, Clarity in the creative process. Right now, these simple and free gifts are giving me

Why We Must Write

Avril Somerville (SomerEmpress)

What good is your pen, they ask dem just words on a page, you know markings on a sheet indication that maybe you have too much time on your hands maybe… I tell them there’s power in this here pen what I’m doing is making war on this here page and sometimes love too

I try not to stay glued to the TV and social media about the day’s events because simply put, I grow weary and have become wary of all of it. The criminalization of Blacks in America and outright police violence and murder of Black men, women, and children has become all too commonplace, some would even …

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  “It’s funny how money change a situation“ While we sat eagerly awaiting our Lauryn Hill, the lights dimmed and our eyes were directed to a vintage, albeit inexpensive, white film screen, that was placed unevenly at the foot of the stage. What’s going on? Where is Lauryn Hill? Isn’t there supposed to be an opening act, I wondered? Isn’t there …

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America the Beautiful

Avril Somerville (SomerEmpress)

“You know something? I’m thankful to be in this country. There are many freedoms and opportunities here that can’t be enjoyed in many places around the world. I’m especially thankful for the principles of democracy and freedom of speech. Most of all, I am profoundly thankful for friends who challenge me in love, spirit, and …

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