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Angel Wings: Poet Beams Verses from New Book to Mars, Reminding Humanity of the Power of Angels

Posted by Admin On December - 29 - 2014 Comments Off on Angel Wings: Poet Beams Verses from New Book to Mars, Reminding Humanity of the Power of Angels
Written from the heart of Ronald Chapman, ‘Angel Wings’ fuses themes of love, hope and friendship that were all inspired by the author’s Guardian Angel and his life-changing experiences from his vivid dreams of South Korea. But Chapman isn’t sharing his words of wisdom only on Earth; one of his poems was recently beamed to the surface of Mars in collaboration with the ‘Beam Me To Mars’ project.

Elysburg, PA – Ronald Chapman has led an interesting, diverse and ultimately successful life. However, he doesn’t credit himself with all he has achieved, instead putting all of his experiences and accomplishments down to his Guardian Angel and friend – Evelyne Cojocar. In a unique and compelling new literary project, Chapman has brought together inspiration from Cojocar, his dreams of Angels and his dreams of South Korea into ‘Angel Wings’ – a volume of powerful and thought-provoking poetry.

Chapman’s passion for sharing the power of Angels has taken his work beyond the reaches of Earth and quite literally onto the surface of Mars.


Have you had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by your guardian Angles? I would like to present thirty-four of my favorite poems of love and friendship that were inspired by guardian Angels that I had the privilege to meet in my life.

“My interactions with Angels have filled me to the brim with love, hope and friendship that I am committed to sharing with all of humanity,” explains Chapman. “I wrote this volume to remind people that there are Angels around us. I’ve dedicated it to a real-life angel, Evelyne Cojocar – who saves and changes the lives of children every day. When you save the lives of children. You change the world.”

Continuing, “I recently took it one step further by having one of the book’s poems, “Rising Star”, sent to the surface of Mars as part of the ‘Beam Me To Mars’ project. My poem, along with 88,000 other short pieces of writing, were beamed by radio to the surface of the red planet in November of 2014 – making me an official Mission Commander participant!”

With the author’s work transcending any single genre and applying to a myriad of life’s situations and challenges, this latest volume contains something truly life-changing for everyone.

‘Angel Wings’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1zbJxY4.

Visit the author’s Korean time travel blog: http://koreantt.tumblr.com.

Sample Poem:

White skies over Galleria Mall Arad Romania again,
Angel Evelyne arrives, singing about
love, looking beautiful and amazing things

Among the young stars
laughing near silence
where children await

Now blue stars fade
into happy beginnings
then love for children once more.

About the Author:

Ron Chapman, wants to live in a world where anyplace can be reached in just hours. Where everyone would rather party than fight. Where an Angel named Evelyne sings her loving songs to help people be happy.

His first book Dreams was released in November 2013.

He found Korea on an early June morning in 2012. The only things he knew about Korea before this was leaned from the old TV show and movie MASH.

Ron is addicted to everything Korean.

This blonde haired blue eyed guy from Pa. Who was Korean in a past life.

Contact: Ronald Chapman / 15704868050 / ronchap3@gmail.com


New Book of Poetry Says, “You’ll Never Miss Your Water Until Your Well Runs Dry!”

Posted by Admin On December - 15 - 2014 Comments Off on New Book of Poetry Says, “You’ll Never Miss Your Water Until Your Well Runs Dry!”
Bookcover and author, Craig A. Garner

Irvington, NJ (BlackNews.com) — Craig A. Garner, Poet Laureate of Irvington, N.J./author has released his eighth book of poetry via his publisher Word Association Publishers entitled You’ll Never Miss Your Water Until Your Well Runs Dry. It is primarily a poetic tribute to those great artists, activists and friends who have recently passed away.

Garner comments, “In the past few years, we have lost some tremendous individuals who I respected for their commitment to their craft and purpose. Just last year, we lost the Honorable Nelson Mandela.”

He continues, “Prior to that, we lost the talented blues poet/musician Gil Scott Heron, and this year we lost the great Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou, and Ruby Dee. I also lost one of my best friends and neighbors of over thirty years Mrs. Marion Scott, and a wonderful aunt in Ms. Elaine Brown. And, although we are all destined to meet our maker one day, we should never forget those who gave so much of themselves while they were here.”

Garner’s new book, You’ll Never Miss Your Water Until Your Well Runs Dry, acknowledges those folks who touched so many other people with their words and actions. Garner says he is forever indebted to them for their courage, skills, and willingness to share with us their inner most thoughts and visions through their art or personality.

He adds, “But it is also a clarion call to our people to get our acts together in view of all the negative things happening in this world today. Too many young brothers are being incarcerated or killed over the least little thing and nothing is being done about it.”
You’ll Never Miss Your Water Until Your Well Runs Dry
By Chris Garner
ISBN: 978-1-63385-027-9
Available for purchase for the Kindle at Amazon.com or directly from the publisher at www.WordAssociation.com

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Craig A. Garner

A Taste of Poetry

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 3 - 2013 Comments Off on A Taste of Poetry

Poet’s Corner

(Poetry by Juanita Bratcher)

The System Never Fails

You can’t beat the system

The system’s as old as apple pie

It knows all the tricks of the trade

And its powers you will never defy

So don’t think for one moment

That the system can be skated around

Because those who tried to buck the system

Found it to be profoundly sound

No matter who sits at the helm

They must bend to the system in place

And when they get too big for the system

It’s the system that will win the race

With all its faults, the system will always prevail

And any dream to knock it down, undoubtedly is destined to fail

The system is strong and sound, rock solid at its best

And no one can muster the power to put it to the ultimate test

Copyright (C)  By Juanita Bratcher

Never Give Up On Freedom

No matter how hard the struggle

No matter how long the fight

Never give up on your efforts

To make sure freedom is everybody’s right

Never give up on freedom

Be determined to bring change about

Never turn your head and ignore injustices

Or fumble the ball when in doubt

Sometimes the battle may seem quite laden

At times it may seem quite off-cue

But always hold on to perseverance

Because perseverance and determination will see you through

Never give up on freedom

Never give up on your dream to bring change about

Always stay focused and determined

And make sure your mind is free of any doubt

Copyright (C)  By Juanita Bratcher

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 37 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

“Predictions”, a poem By Nicole Bouyer, a freshman at King College Prep

Posted by Admin On April - 7 - 2011 Comments Off on “Predictions”, a poem By Nicole Bouyer, a freshman at King College Prep

Nicole Bouyer is a freshman at King College Prep in Chicago. She has maintained her status as an honor roll student at King and at Robert A. Black School where she attended prior to King. She was also a Cheer Leader at Robert A. Black school and a member of the National Honorary Beta Society. Writing is a hobby for Bouyer; she has an interest in making it a career goal as a professional Journalist. CopyLine Magazine congratulates Bouyer for an outstanding job in maintaining a level of excellence in academia and wishes her future success.

Editor’s Note: Bouyer wrote this poem after the death of her father, Pierce Bouyer.



By Nicole Bouyer

Copyright (c) 2011 Nicole Bouyer

If I had known that would be the last time I hugged you

I would have never let go

If I had known that would be the last time I walked with you

I would have chose the longest road

If I had known that would be our last time we danced

I would have played a never ending song

If I had known that was your last call

I would have never hung up the phone

If I had known that was our last meal

I would have ate a life’s worth feast

If I had known that was our last goodbye

I would have said “daddy, please don’t leave.”

Angela is the mother of Nicole Bouyer. Author & Publisher Juanita Bratcher is her grandmother.



Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 13 - 2009 Comments Off on POET’S CORNER

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

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

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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