Sunday, February 8, 2015

Love Light Spot Light:Celebrating Pioneer Poets in Black History

If you've been following my daily Inspirational Love Notes messages, here on my blog or on my Facebook page, you are well aware by now that February is my favorite month of the year for several reason. The main two reasons being it is my birthday month and the month Love. However, another reason, in addition to those two very good reasons for me to be excited about this month, is that February is also Black History Month. 

So, as a poet who is passionate about inspiring others through my gift or creative writing, with hopes to some day be among the great names in the Academy of American Poets who have made a highly influential mark upon the world through their poetry and other body or works. I found it appropriate to celebrate black history month by honoring some of the most influential poets in black history every Sunday throughout the month of February.

With that said, the first pioneer poet in black history I'd like to shine my Love Light Spot Light on is the late, great, Langston Hughes. Born, James Mercer Langston Hughes on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri, he is famously known to the world as Langston Hughes, which is his mother's maiden name and his father's last name. He was raised by his maternal grandmother, following the divorce of his parents, until the age of thirteen. He then moved to Lincoln, Illinois to live with his mother and her new husband where he also first began writing poetry. 

Langston Hughes' most notable contribution to black history is his influence, through his poetry, as a leader of the Harlem Renaissancea movement during the 1920's known at the time as the New Negro Movement.  Primarily influenced by other great American poets as, Walt Whitman, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes was also well known for his unique style of creative expression that conveyed his insightful and colorful portrayal of black life in America during the Harlem Renaissance period. He is also noted as being one of the inventors of a unique style of poetry called, Jazz Poetry.

On May 22, 1967, Langston Hughes died, in New York City, due to complication from prostate cancer. In honor of his memory, his residence on East 127th Street in Harlem, New York has been given landmark status by the New York City Preservation Commission. Additionally, East 127th Street has been renamed, "Langston Hughes Place", by the city of New York.  

During my research I found that most of his poems were short yet profound. I also noticed that he wrote several poems on the topic of not giving up on your dreams. If you're interested in learning more about Langston Hughes or reading some of his poems you can visit the websites I've listed at the end of this article. In the mean, I'd like to close with one of my favorites by him on the topic of dreams.



Dreams
By Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow. 


Langston Hughes: A Prominent, Prolific, Pioneer Poet in Black History. 

Until next time....I surround you in Love & Light! ~ Anna "MsPoet" Hendricks

For more of my Inspirational Love Notes messages and poems I invite you to visit my archives for this blog. You may also follow me on Facebook by visiting my Inspirational Love Notes fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalLoveNotes  and check Like.

A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright 2015



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Something to Tuck Under Your Pillow: Caribbean Island Getaway


If you had the kind of day I had today you're probably wishing you could be transported away to some beautiful Caribbean island of your choice. Well, with the power of imagination, you can!!! So visualize this with me for a moment if you will.

See yourself right now on the most beautiful Caribbean island of your choice that you've already visited. Or one that you have always desired to go visit some day.

On your part of the island there are no children, or screaming, fussy babies to tend to. No bosses to answer or report to. No unpleasant or difficult co-workers to put up with. No ringing phones to answer. No spouses or mates to cook dinner for or fulfill a "Honey Do List".

Nope....none of that!!! On your imaginary island there's just you on a white sand beach. See yourself taking in the beauty of the clear sea green ocean, with your favorite drink in your hand served to you by a handsome cabana boy (or girl for you men) with one of those little umbrella's in it.
As you sip on it slowly, the smell of the ocean water tickles your nose in the wind. Then you close your eyes and give a silent yet heartfelt prayer of gratitude to God for this moment of peaceful....quiet... serenity now.

Now...hold that vision as you drift off to sleep. And until you can get to that island in your reality, know that everything is gonna be alright.

In the meantime, please accept my vibrations of Love sent with this message. Along with a virtual hug from me to you. And I'll accept the same back from you through your vibrations of Love and prayers as well.

Until next time....I surround you in Love & Light! So sleep well and have a peaceful night! 

~ Anna MsPoet Hendricks


For more of my Inspirational Love Notes messages and poems I invite you to visit my archives for this blog. You may also follow me on Facebook by visiting my Inspirational Love Notes fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalLoveNotes  and check Like.




A One Love Production
By Anna "MsPoet" Hendricks
Copyright 2015 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Something to Tuck Under Your Pillow: End of the Week Gratitude Prayer




Dear God,

Thank you for protecting me, my family, and friends through another week. 

Thank you for providing for me and. guiding me through each and every day that I did not and shall not lack for any good thing. 

Most importantly, thank you for giving my body breath of life and strength to make it through each day. And every challenge that may have come with the day, I thank you for Your perfect love and grace that helped me to overcome. In Jesus name....And so it is! Amen!

Have a great weekend everyone! Sweet Dreams!

Until next time....I surround you in Love & Light! Sleep well and have a peaceful night!

 ~ Anna MsPoet Hendricks


For more of my Inspirational Love Notes messages and poems I invite you to visit my archives for this blog. You may also follow me on Facebook by visiting my Inspirational Love Notes fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalLoveNotes  and check Like.


A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright 2015 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Something To Tuck Under Your Pillow:Forgiveness is Loves Breath of Life


Forgiveness is the breath of life that allows Love to live;

but you cannot have what you're unwilling to give.


Just a little something to tuck under your pillow and ponder as you drift off to sleep.

Until next time....I surround you in Love & Light! Sleep well and have a peaceful night!
 ~ Anna MsPoet Hendricks


For more of my Inspirational Love Notes messages and poems I invite you to visit my archives for this blog. You may also follow me on Facebook by visiting my Inspirational Love Notes fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalLoveNotes  and check Like.


A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright 2015 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Your Critics Are Your Allies Not Your Enemies


So yesterday I posted a prayer I wrote that received a pretty strong response of 215 likes and 30 plus comments of people saying kind words of support and appreciation for me sharing it. 

Among those 30 plus people who left positive comments was my VERY FIRST CRITIC who is a non-believer in God and made sure to let me know by leaving a image of "the devil" and his followers along with his negative comments.

Well I am just ecstatic!!! Why? Because you're not really doing anything until you're critic's show up. So I am extremely excited to see my first one has FINALLY arrived because his arrival and negative comments is confirmation that I am really on the brink of doing something BIG.

In the last two weeks God has taken me from 35 followers to 915. And apparently God decided to prove to me, yet again today, that He is most definitely REAL by sending me even more people who appreciate my Inspirational Love Notes.

I say this because while I was leaving my critic a kind message that I will pray for his heart, mind, and soul but will NOT entertain his negative comments, God increased my 915 followers to 961. And my goal and prayer was to have 1000 people by the end of this month.

So thank you Mr. Critic! You not only just helped me get closer to my goal by blessing you instead of cursing you. You have also raised my level of motivation and vibration of love FOR GOD through the roof!!!! 


Until next time...I surround you in Love & Light! ~ Anna MsPoet Hendircks

For more of my Inspirational Love Notes messages and poems I invite you to visit my archives for this blog. You may also follow me on Facebook by visiting my Inspirational Love Notes fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalLoveNotes  and check Like.


A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright 2015 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Something To Tuck Under Your Pillow: The Butterfly Effect

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend full of adventure, excitement, and fun! My weekend was very transformational and full of wonderful new insights and life changing revelations that led to me stepping outside of my comfort zone to bring you my message for tonight in a different way.

With that said, click the link below to view my first Inspirational Love Notes message in video, rather than written format, on my new, Inspirational Love Notes YouTube Channel that I'm very excited about and happy to share with you. I look forward to hearing your feedback. So please share your thoughts. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.



Until next time...I surround you in Love & Light! ~ Anna MsPoet Hendircks

For more of my Inspirational Love Notes messages and poems I invite you to visit my archives for this blog. You may also follow me on Facebook by visiting my Inspirational Love Notes fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalLoveNotes  and check Like.


A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright 2015 

As You Lead Me Lord: Prayer of Faith



Dear God,

My eyes have not seen, my ears have not heard, and my heart cannot conceive the plans you have for me. 

Yet I know undoubtedly, wherever you're leading me is good. Whatever you have for me I cannot be denied. All the days of my life I will unceasingly seek to know more of you. And whatever aligns with you're will for me is all I want to do.

Your devoted daughter ~ Anna M. Hendricks



Until next time....I surround you in Love & Light! Sleep well and have a peaceful night! 

For more of my Inspirational Love Notes messages and poems I invite you to visit my archives for this blog. You may also follow me on Facebook by visiting my Inspirational Love Notes fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalLoveNotes  and check Like.


A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright 2015