Poet Phillip Shabazz joins us in 2014 with an inspiring class on poetry. Shabazz is a master teacher who can work with poets of all ages. He brings a world of life experiences to his own work and will help poets tap their own wellsprings. Here is a poem from Phillip. Please visit our website http://tablerockwriters.com to see all the offerings for this coming September 8-12, 2014 at the extraordinary Wildacres Retreat along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of North Carolina.
Wishes For You
by Phillip Shabazz
I wish you the sun and stars sparkling
above the valley of pine trees and red clay earth,
and the flurry of green hills, flashy and timeless
like the emerald points around our homeland.
I wish you the moon and midnight rain, happiness,
long life, and shiny cards for your birthday and a picture
of Rosa Parks on your T-shirt; I wish you laughing children,
not masses of them, just a couple having fun
at the swimming pool, while a repairman fixes
the broken sink or dishwasher in your future
bungalow, condo, or beach house
breezy like a sand castle built on the Carolina coast.
I wish you enough bucks to spend on a wedding dress
and enough Benjamin’s for icing on the cake.
I wish you love from someone who really cares for you,
with soft-cheeks and a good heart; I wish you get to
see the wonders of rivers and mountains and sacred sites,
and read the inscription on Lady Liberty
which says Justice for All, and We The People;
so you can sing Stand Up For Your Rights
like you could always stand for something good.
I wish you an end to ghettos and war and kids dying
in the street and on the battlefield; I wish you live music,
house parties and concerts and fancy cars
that don’t depend on gas and oil and corporate empire.
I wish you never doubt yourself
and that your life turns out the way you want it to be
under this sky, this roof, this house and you can look back
at the world you made and smile.