Late one night I was getting a lot of work done as I usually do. I was at my computer and saw an add for a poetry contest, with the winner getting chosen by Alicia Keys to be put in a song. This gave me shivers as I was working on our charity, the Global GROOVE Foundation (GGF), which we are launching in Kenya in August and every time I talk about our initiative, Alicia Keys somehow presents, whether it is on the radio or in some other way.
I have been strongly drawn to her since I was a teen struggling with depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. Listening to her music was extremely healing for me.
When I was in Morocco a few years later I attended a drumming circle where my friend and I were the only women since women rarely socialise with men outside of the homes.
The men BEGGED me to sing (something which I had not done in 10 years) and asked if I knew Alicia Keys songs (which I obviously did) and I started singing, for hours. I had never heard my voice so beautiful and they were in awe.
This is one of many stories of how she has affected me and come into my life, and after writing our website and our vision for GGF we went to her charities website and we were floored with the similarities.
So when I saw this poetry contest I KNEW I had to enter, even though I cannot remember the last time I had written poetry. But it was presenting and if there is one thing that I live by it is doing what presents and this presented.
Of course my mind got in the way telling me to wait until the next day or that I don't know how to write poetry, but I knew that if I was to connect with her I need to say yes to every opportunity that presents and TRUST that creator will flow through me perfectly. So I wrote, and pressed SEND. I did not save the poem or send it to anyone else. I actually forgot about it.
A week or so ago my mom called me asking, "Did you write a poem for a contest because there is mail here for you" (since I travel alot I tend to send things to my parents house) saying that you are a FINALIST in a poetry contest. MY WHOLE BODY lit up as I remembered that 3am poem I wrote weeks earlier.
My mom then told me that she had opened it and read the poem and asked if I wrote it saying it was one of the most beautiful things she has read. As she read it to me I was in awe that I had written it.... here it is! I am still waiting to hear back about the final details for the contest.
Here is the poem entitled: The reason I am Alive
There are so many people
Who never learn to see
They walk around blindly
Without knowing true ability
I am here not to fit in
I allow myself to dance
To dream to laugh to play to sing
To have the deepest love romance
The pain that this blindness has caused the world
Is so deep people’s souls are destroyed
And yet we continue on like nothing’s wrong
As if our dreams are employed.
As I sit with the women in Kenya
My sisters, my friends, soul family
I realize that I am them and they are me
And now realize I can see
My purpose , the reason I came to earth
To LIVE to LOVE to inspire
To connect two worlds which have been torn apart
By inhumans who conspire
This is a picture of me with Tabi in the middle, who is one of the most VIBRANT women I have met and of my FAV GROOVERS, at her home with her daughter Staffie and Mum, who is the creator of the Living Positive Program (http://livingpositivekenya.wordpress.com/)
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