Mothers: Our Heroes Eternal
Copyright 1994, by Juanita Bratcher

The extent of a mother’s love

Can never be measured by pound

It is unconditional love

Like steel and so profound

She’s protective of her children

To the point of denying herself

She is a woman of distinction

In a class all by herself

She is a mystery woman to some

And a passing stranger to others

But to me and all my siblings

She is our own beloving mother

Her strengths are so unlimited

Her convictions as bold as the night

She is a principled person with fortitude

Armed with courage, grace and foresight

She is a God-fearing woman

Who makes mountains of sacrifices too

She’s there when no one else is

Nurturing her children to see them through

She’s inspiring and uplifting

And her morals always forthright

She keeps the family together

Even when things don’t seem so right

She fights many a battle for her family

Sometimes painful and overbearing

But she handles them with eloquence

Trusting, devotion and insurmountable caring

Her healing powers are oh, so gentle

She can soothe away your tears and fears

There are no limitations for mothers

They hold the key to their children’s cheers

She places them in protective custody

Helps them push their future dreams

She knows how to make them feel special

And motivates them, it always seems

She’s spiritual, uplifting, and diplomatic too

She’s endurable like iron, co-leader of the crew

She’s positive and honest, forgiving of you

She gives moral support from a mother’s view

She’s exhausted, steering her children from obstacles in life

Making sure that they don’t perish

In a world filled with strife

She’s ready to catch them, hold them up when they fall

She feels her powerful love can conquer all

She’s a teacher, psychiatrist, anything you want her to be

She can motivate, encourage, redirect you to see

She’s prepared to take on the rough road ahead

She’s a companion and caretaker, when all’s done and said

There are fond memories of moms

And the many moments shared

Her children know who they are

Simply because mommy cared

This poem was created and dedicated to my mother, Tommie Sean Forte, in 1994, and appeared in my book, “I Cry for a People: In Their Struggle for Justice & Equality.”


Live and Love Life
Copyright © 2006, by Juanita Bratcher

If you live it, why not enjoy it?
Live and enjoy life to the living end
Enjoy the beauty, taste the flavor
Inhale the fresh air coming within
Take in the silken skies, hovering over the ocean blue
Dance in concert with the moon and stars
Uncover the mysteries of life anew
Have a passion for life
Ignite positive energy abound
Carry the torch of goodwill and charity
Try to turn some negatives around
Life without living is like a cast away ball
Void of air and easy to fall
If you live it, why not claim it?
Know that living belongs to all


I Cry For A People
Copyright © 1994, by Juanita Bratcher

I cry for a people

For generations to come

There are superficial obstacles

You must overcome

There are challenges ahead of you

You must tackle them head-on

So stand tall for your convictions

And keep your mind strong

Your struggles are many

Your burdens are too

But brave them with gusto

And rise up anew

I cry for a people

For generations to come

They’re tears of joy

Because victory will come

There’s a reservoir of resources

That need to be tapped

But watch out for roadblocks

Lest ye be forever trapped

Use your time very wisely

Try to conquer all

And no matter the consequence

Always stand tall

Keep climbing the mountains

Anchor your own dreams of hope

Never abandon the struggle

And know how to cope

Perseverance can remove doubt

As you pursue your dreams

Avoid the perils of destruction

And work together as a team

Wrap your arms around your children

For they’re a precious lot

Teach them love and respect

What to do, and what not

Stand tall for what you believe in

No matter how tired or worn

And cherish your beginnings

Lest they be twisted and torn

Keep up the protest spirit

If that will bring gains

Don’t listen to pessimists

Who stall progress and restrain

You must have the foresight

And wisdom to see

That change will not come

If you don’t shake the tree

You’re warriors and survivors

You have the tools to effect change

But you must use those tools skillfully

And not use them in vain

I cry for a people

For generations to come

They are tears of joy

Because victory will come


Life Is A Jigsaw Puzzle
Copyright (c) 2003, by Juanita Bratcher

Life is a jigsaw puzzle

It’s not always fun and games

Life is full of surprises

And nothing ever remains the same

Life can test your courage

It can test your inner strength to endure

It can test your mental psyche

Life is a challenge for sure

Life is an exciting adventure

It can be a bumpy and rocky ride

But life is what you make of it

You don’t need a how-to guide

Life has many dimensions

Too enormous to even count

But life should always have purpose

Void of any amount

Life can be enlightening

Indeed it can be challenging, too

It can be a roaring opportunity

But that depends on you
But never throw in the towel

Because things don’t go your way

Just ride the tides of patience

And keep focused on your dreams each and every day


Love Poems

The Newness Of Your Love
By Juanita Bratcher

Copyright © November 25, 2002

The newness of your love gives me a renewed spirit to love again

To passionately hold someone again, for the first time in a long time

The newness of you in my mind, my spirit, my soul

Has found a meaningful place in my heart

One that’s enlightening and precious to me for a reason now that I don’t quite understand

Yet, it’s there, and quite compelling

The newness of this love, so distant, yet gradually coming together in many ways

Like a rose garden in bloom or new growth from seeds planted

One that has not been tested or tried; yet will not be denied

Through this newness, we’re given a chance at love, with hope eternal that it will evolve into something that’s wonderfully joyous for both of us

For that newness between us is like a fluorescent light flickering away in the night, longing for maturity and stability

That newness speaks loud without voice, and it roars without the presence of strong winds

It exists in a vacuum of uncertainty, as it searches for its mere existence

So silent, so sound, so profound

That even the quietness of day, of night, can feel its presence

Budding love, so wonderfully challenging

In an attempt to learn each other, to know each other better

To sort out the essence of this happenstance upon us, which has already survived our precarious evaluations

And now that we have each other’s attention, what will we do to keep it?

There’s that haunting instinct that this new love we’re weaving together shall remain

No doubt, it will remain in our hearts until we see fit to cast it aside or relinquish it
When I Say I Love You

By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright 2001
When I say I love you

I’m putting my heart and soul in your hands

Because I trust you, and I believe in you

And I feel that you understand my needs and desires, too

When I say I love you

It means that I want to share my innermost thoughts and dreams with you

My feelings, my passions so mired

That you will nurture my dreams and my hopes along with me

And that I can nurture yours along with you, too

That you’ll be a willing partner to share in my tomorrows

That you’ll be my trusted friend, lover and caretaker

When I say I love you

When I say I love you from the bottom of my heart, and from the depths of my soul

It confirms that I care about you and want to be with you forever

That I want you to trust me, and believe in me

For there is no greater love than my love for you

And hopefully, that strong bond between us, and that strong belief we have in each other

Will be that first step in finding that inner peace between us

When I say I love you

The power of those words overwhelms me

Because I’m asking you to be there for me, emotionally and spiritually

To share in my good times as well as my bad times

To know me and my successes, my failures, my likes and dislikes

To know my strengths, my weaknesses, my outlook on life, and your role in it

When I say I love you

I want you by my side in my most private times and share intimate moments with me

And know that I truly love you, need you and want you

When I say I love you

It seems as if the heavens open up and wish us well

And for that, I’m truly grateful

 

Happiness Is A Personal Thing
Copyright (c) 2004, by Juanita Bratcher

I’m responsible for my own happiness

I’m responsible for my daily care

I’m the one who calls the shots for me

No other human being would ever dare

My life is filled with inspiring anecdotes

I make note of them each day

Anything that ensures my happiness

Brings a ray of sunshine and hope my way

Nevertheless, I am a realist

I know that the sun won’t shine every day

So, I allow for the rain that will fall

Realizing that eternal happiness is not a sure thing, in any way

I’ll make my own happiness

I’ll stir up the joy in my life

And when I’m feeling down

I’ll never solve my problems with a frown

I want to enjoy the people I love

Do the things that I love to do

I want to appreciate the small things in life

Those that sometime comes out of the blue

But I’ll never give up on that smile

That’s one of the things that make my day

It paints a picture of happiness

And energizes my life in a positive way
I Am What You See
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright (c) 2003

I am what you see

I am the true me

No artificial moves or putting on airs here

No misconceptions near

I am me

No need to be anyone else

That’s the way I’ll always be

No add-ons

No make believe

Won’t deceive

Cause I’m true to what I believe

I am me

The cover is off for all to see

No disguise here, I’m very wise

No hidden agenda

No suspicious ties

No fakes here

No secrets blowin’ in the wind

Just plain old straight talk

And an attitude in tuned to win

I don’t talk trash

Got no time to bash

And when all’s said and done

Life for me is a bowl of fun

I am what I am

What I want to be

And that’s to be me

No artificial body language here

No misconceptions near

I am me

And that’s the way it will always be

No add-ons

No make believes

Don’t deceive

And true to what I believe
The Joys of Friendship
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright © October 2003

Day by day I’m drawn closer to you in friendship

A bonding friendship; one of giving, one of fair play

Not one that diminishes or takes away

But a friendship that grows day by day

One that generates feelings of ease, of comfort

Yet, calls into play one’s most gullible shortcomings as human beings

A friendship that’s speckled in confidence, faith and support

Providing balance to imbalance

Soaked in comforting spirits of understanding

A friendship, not without faults

Yet, ignites and lights up life with exuberance and joy

A friendship of sheer natural instinct and intellect

Spiced with a delightful sense of humor

A friendship that takes on new meaning as life unfolds

Always providing a barrel of laughter, a bucket of smiles

Buried within that extraordinary, unwavering sense of humor

Bringing tons of unforgettable advice and solace

That friendship has strengthened and enabled me to take on the obstacles in life

Fully confident of back up, should I fall

The joys of friendship, that warm smile on your face, when needed

A helping hand to work things out when things go wrong

Knowing that you’re here for me

That friendship you give carries me along

This poem appeared in an anthology, The Best Poems & Poets of 2003, and in Sound of Poetry, a three-CD album collection of 33 favorite poems by the International Library of Poetry.

Silent Love Hurts
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright

There’s that silent love wandering inside of me
Waiting for its presence to be known
It’s been lingering there for the longest of time
And over a period of time it has grown

It’s that silent love, buried beneath layers of false pride
Lurking behind thicken walls, begging to be justified
Silent love, with no outlet in sight to flow through
So I sit around and daydream, imagine things out of the blue

Silent love, treading the shadows of uncertainty
Hampering my desire to love
My heart is filled with emptiness
And only one person can give it a shove

Silent love, locked up inside of me, where others will never see
Ferociously screaming, demanding to be set free
Silent love, rushing through the depths of my soul
Tapping at my heart, under control, yet so daringly bold

Silent love, in bondage, makes me daydream every day
True love, these unnerving desires just won’t go away
Silent love, so faint my heart keeps skipping beats
But it’ll all come together when our minds and souls shall meet

Freedom Is Everyone’s Right
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright 12/15/03

No matter how hard the struggle

No matter how long the fight

Never give up on efforts

To make sure freedom is everyone’s right

Sometimes the battle may seem quite laden

And at times may seem off-cue

But hold on to determination and perseverance

Those are the things that will see you through

Cherishing the Memories
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright 2009

They’re memories I dare to depart from

They’re habits I’ve learned to resist

They’re proud moments I’ll cherish forever

My passion for life is never at risk

There are dreams I’ve fully accomplished

Those results are clearly defined

I have no intentions of resting on my laurels

Because life continues on without rewinds