Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February is a GOOD month!

February is a good month for three reasons: the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe, Love, and the celebration of Black History.

Every February, the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe comes to the Kennedy Center in DC. I look forward to this event the same way that someone may look forward to a good meal, meeting friends on an island, or anything else that may bring a person complete joy.

February is also when we celebrate Valentine's Day. I know that there are people who look to this day with dread, complete joy, anxiety etc. I look to this day and month as an opportunity to relish in all of the love that I give and receive throughout the year. I love LOVE!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH....need I say more? I love Black History! I can read and hear about Black History every day. I just can't get enough. On that note, I am so grateful that Carter G. Woodson pushed to have this month set aside to focus on Black History... I focus on it all of the time, but it is so great to have other people focus on Black History at the same time.

So, February is always a good month for me.

I want to leave you with a LOVE poem:

Resignation by Nikki Giovanni

I love you
because the earth turns round the sun
because the North wind blows north
because the Pope is Catholic
and most Rabbis Jewish
because winters flow into springs
and the air clears after a storm
because only my love for you
despite the charms of gravity
keeps me from falling off this Earth
into another dimension
I love you
because it is the natural order of things

I love you
like the habit I picked up in college
of sleeping through lectures
or saying I’m sorry
when I get stopped for speeding
because I drink a glass of water
in the morning
and chain-smoke cigarettes
all through the day
because I take my coffee Black
and my milk with chocolate

because you keep my feet warm
though my life a mess
I love you
because I don’t want it
any other way.

I am helpless
in my love for you
It makes me so happy
to hear you call my name
I am amazed you can resist
locking me in an echo chamber
where your voice reverberates
through the four walls
sending me into spasmatic ecstasy
I love you
because it’s been so good
for so long
that if I didn’t love you
I’d have to be born again
and that is not a theological statement
I am pitiful in my love for you

The Dells tell me Love
is so simple
the thought though of you
sends indescribably delicious multitudinous
thrills throughout and through-in my body
I love you
because no two snowflakes are alike
it is possible
if you stand tippy-toe
to walk between the raindrops

I love you

because I am afraid of the dark
and can’t sleep in the light
because I rub my eyes
when I wake up in the morning
and find you there
because you with all your magic powers were
determined that
I should love you
because there was nothing for you but that
I would love you

I love you
because you made me
want to love you
more than I love my privacy
my freedom my commitments
and responsibilities
I love you ’cause I changed my life
to love you
because you saw me one Friday
afternoon and decided that I would
love you
I love you I love you I love you


Tracy Ricks said...

I LOVE february too!!! it's a great month and also our wedding anniversary. I met my husband on valentine weekend, isn't God a romantic. lol another great blog. thanks for sharing.

dorothyreed19 said...

What a worthy tribute to Black history month.

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