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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 02:00 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Diane Anjoue **


oruko lonro ni

the ebb and flow of emptiness
washing over barren lands
stealing away her thoughts, a
stark emotional void laying hold
words she's scattered over the
oceans of so many others

despair's mooning cry, her wail
filling winds of melancholic maladies
she raises her eyes to God's
dry lightening sky'd storms,

her opera acapella unaccompanied
by man's futile weapons,
the purist bound within unleashed
with furies tempest avowed
no longer the chaotic screeching of
life and losses' torment
desperation's keening seeps beyond
the wall of crippled masses

inciting a stance of united front,
arms crooked, strength in Eight
backed by the voice of millions
steeped in global harmonies

she draws together the cries of the
nations impoverished
weaving their pitiful anguish into
her battle-cry for relief
the revolution to eradicate pains
of hunger grotesque
just close your eyes and like a child,
let her whisper peace as

she's sings of ONE love, ONE life, it's
not too late for shared forgiveness
she is the voice behind the song of a
world against poverty...

She is "ONE".

"oruko lonro ni" is of the Yoruban language hailing from the beautiful country of Africa. It is a long-held belief among people of the Yoruban language that 'oruko lonro ni' - "names affect behavior". It is time to change the name of poverty by raising our voices as "ONE".


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Would there be moments caught up in wanting,
memories more than we could bear on our own...?

I wonder...

will you remember quite as fondly as I
the sweet taste of desire staining your lips
as my tongue shyly follows your lead
bold passions in your eyes burning within
the flickering flames of love in my own
the feel of my head trussed upon your pillow
as the heaviness of your weight settles above me
how you trace my curves with trailing kisses as
my fingers knead the muscles strung taut as
your long awaited gift to me offered,
my open acceptance felt deep and true;
rolling explorations tickle the feathery down,
cotton sheets clinging as our bodies weep
the strain of your shoulders as you dare to lift me
my legs anchor around your trim waist
your bow caressing my arch, bent low
driving home our clandestine point of making
love trapped by our own design
tailored by the hands of grace and time...

I believe...

You would remember upon the grey morn
the tears of goodbye that I didn't hide
as the chill set in when our fingers did part
and blown kisses floating towards their marks
the last flutter of lashes as I bid you adieu
the sag of your shoulders as you turn to go ~
a final reach back towards our warmth proves
parting ways is such sweet sad sorrow.

Yet I pray...

let not the weight of our goodbyes dampen
the soaring spirits of our winged hellos...


Uisce Beatha*

Just as my words began as an up reaching trickle,
slowly feeding from gentle stream on to flowing river,
tumbling over waterfall cascade down to raging rapids
and on still to it's vast estuary...

My thoughts, so long buried deep beneath
the frozen surface of my heart, have bubbled forth
and now overflow in a torrent of rushing emotions...

I have not settled on the exact instant my comfort level
rippled from warm friendship over to welcome desire...
Might it have been the eve of talk deep of life, sacrifice and
responsibility or the early morn awakening with a teasing
"how do you do (that to me)?"....

For once, unwilling to question fate's agenda,
I take to heart an epiphany ~ we are a natural progression...
For some wonderful reason, we were intended
to cross streams and the tide, too strong to fight,
carries us to some unseen destination.

As the trickling stream weaves along it's predestined course,
building in strength, width and depth, eventually
it's arrival is heralded by a brilliant phenomenon... a sea,
vast and encompassing.

For as a drop of friendship was sown, the refreshing waters
caressed two barren souls, reviving life long forgotten and
bonding at last into a force to be reckoned with...

What is it to be? What will spring forth from the water of life...
Hold tight to patience my Love, and we shall find out.

*Irish word for whiskey - literally translated "water of life"
(pronounced - ishka baha)



Diane Anjoue currently resides in a small suburb of Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three sons. She writes poetry and short stories, and is considering writing a novel in the future, A Class Of A Sin. A sampling of her poetry has appeared in American Open Mike, The New American Voice, The Panhandler Quarterly and as a part of the poetry anthology, Sometimes We Dream, produced through Lulu.com to benefit the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Diane feels that NOW is the time to band together as one to make our collective voices heard across the world. In order to do this, we must set aside our prejudices, differences and misanthropies; adopt a blanket and uniform vision that will enable all of us to still embrace our individualities yet help to promote brotherhood and sisterhood amongst ourselves in the arts community.

As an international alliance of artists we stand to create a grander platform for our talents to be shared with our hungry audiences. This is truly just the beginning...


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