Preserving Dignity

No one should have to beg or crawl before humanity.
No one should have to scheme to procure philanthropy.

No one should be outcast for simply being different.
No one should be found guilty ere proven he's not innocent.

No one should be employed based solely on color of skin.
No one in high positions should think themselves sovereign.

No one should be denied the human right to equality.
No one should be the victim of cruel brutality.

No one should have to demean himself just to make a living.
No one should have a heart that is cold and unforgiving.

No one should be subjected to a life of slavery.
No one should have to suffer the effects of bigotry.

No one should abuse another; in word, in strength or deed.
No one should have the less because of other's greed.

No one should be the target of hate by any race.
No one should have to die ashamed and in disgrace.

No one should feel a thrill from the suffering of others.
No one should think himself to be better than his brothers.

No one should judge another or degrade their fellow man.
No one should plot and scheme to carry out an evil plan.

No one should act in anger or utter wicked hurtful things.
No one should be "no one" for we all are human beings.

To us God gave the gift of love to bestow upon each other.
Let's preserve and honor the dignity of all our sisters and brothers.

Rev. Saundra L. Washington, D.D., is an ordained clergywoman, veteran social worker, and Founder of AMEN Ministries. She is also the author of two coffee table books: Room Beneath the Snow: Poems that Preach and Negative Disturbances: Homilies that Teach which can be reviewed on her site. Her new book, Out of Deep Waters: My Grief Management Workbook, is expected to be available soon.

You are welcome to visit AMEN Ministries: Your Soul's Service Station for spiritual refreshing, soul edification, browse our newly expanded mini shopping mall or review our recommended books you may want to add to your personal library.

Blessings to all!

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

8 Reasons To Give The Gift Of Poetry This Season
This season, you can share the art of poetry with a loved one (and/or with yourself!) all year round, by gifting a one-year subscription to Poetry magazine. The monthly magazine publishes book-length, beautiful volumes replete with original artwork ...


Exploring The Poetry Of War
To mark the Veterans Day holiday, we want to take some time to consider writing about war. Although Walt Whitman concluded during the Civil War that, "the real war will never get in the books," many writers try - and arguably succeed - in using words ...

E/The Environmental Magazine

Eco-Justice Poetry: Celebrating A New/Old Form
E/The Environmental Magazine
Dungy expands on this new/old form, explaining that to “add the word justice” to environmental poetry, “means that the observing eye is also paying attention to questions of parity, of injustice and inequality.” Eco-justice poetry, then, includes poems ...

Capital Public Radio News

The Journey Behind Publishing Marie Reynolds' Book Of Poetry 'Seaworthy'
Capital Public Radio News
The effort to make that happen was a swift one, with the publishing of the book — titled “Seaworthy” — happening in about a week. Jan Haag is a co-founder of River Rock Publishing, the company that made the book happen. She's also an author, poet ...

High Country News

'A poet in the world' who's informed by the land
High Country News
Tacey Atsitty, an award-winning Diné poet, is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle People). She was born in Cove, Arizona, grew up in Kirtland, New Mexico, earned undergraduate degrees from Utah's Brigham Young ...

Independent Online

WATCH: SA came second at the Africa Cup of Slam Poetry in Chad
Independent Online
Congratulations to South African National Slam Champion, Thuthukani Myeza, who has been chosen to represent South Africa at the Africa Cup of Slam Poetry in Chad. The ACSP brings together artists from 34 countries in Africa to promote a united Africa ...

The Guardian

Robin Robertson and Andrew McMillan on sex, war and truth in poetry – books podcast
The Guardian
We're dedicating this week's show to poetry, from new faces and old. The Man Booker shortlisted writer Robin Robertson comes in to discuss The Long Take, a postwar noir that follows Walker, a second world war veteran travelling across the US. While his ...


WSCC to host poetry slam
The black beret, embroidered with the name of Walters State's English club, goes to the grand prize winner of the college's Poetry Slam contest. This year marks the Slam's 10th anniversary. While cash prizes are awarded, the beret is really what ...

Red and Black

Athens Word of Mouth: Understanding others through poetry
Red and Black
For the past nine years, local poetry group Athens Word of Mouth has proven to be a space where these community members can find solace in sharing their work in a judgement-free atmosphere. Managing director Alx Johns said the group was founded out ...

Irish Times

Read 'The Long Path', Ron Carey's Allingham Poetry Prize winning poem
Irish Times
His first poetry collection Distance was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016. He has written verse and prose most of his life but only started to write poetry seriously in his sixties while studying for a diploma in ...

Google News

Three Poems: Dona Leonors Revenge; The Old Moon; Common Sides [All in Spanish/all in English]

1) Doña Leonor's Revenge [1627 AD]Rafael Ortiz's fate Was... Read More

Wars, Air of Ambiguity [for: Lt. Laura Walker] in SPANISH and English

Wars, air of AmbiguityDedicated to 1st. Lt. Laura Walker (From... Read More

Ode, to the Mighty Midget Omac [In English and Spanish]

Part One Midget HistoryI am thirty-six inches tall, that is... Read More

Birthday Messages


Passion and Poetry, and Life

Ironically, the passion that can neutralize the repulsion for difficulties... Read More

Eight Poems

Out of the eight poems provided here [all previously unpublished],... Read More

Ballade of an Inca King

Ah! Leave the gold, wealth and landSays the Inca King?;... Read More

Way of Life: Rhymes of the Inca [four poems: see in Spanish and English NOW!]

Way of Life: Rhymes of the IncaPizarro (Spanish conquistador ((1525))The... Read More

Africa - Wheres The Profit?

A poetic comment that just welled up inside my head... Read More

Contract of Death [Now: in SPANISH and English]

Contract of DeathI heard today, the preacher say: "Daniel has... Read More

Lord Byrons She Walks in Beauty

Lord Byron's opening couplet to "She Walks In Beauty" is... Read More

Shadows of the Andes; Ollantayambo; and Cesar Vallejo [Poems in English and Spanish]

1) Shadows of the Andes [or: Song to the Andes]I... Read More

Caught in the Arms of ED


Blind Designs [a Poem] and a Note by Rosa on The Other Door

Blind DesignsBorn today, gone tomorrow Like a butterfly with no... Read More

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Discussion of How Do I Love Thee?

"How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning was... Read More

Cruel World

Azra, Azra, Wake up Azra. Wake up Azra, It is... Read More

Ive Learned

You cannot make someone love you. All you can do... Read More


You can do and you can be whatever you want.... Read More

Because of You

You are to me my lifeline my security. That scares... Read More

Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide

The light of all eternity shines with me now /... Read More

Tsunami -a Poem Dedicated To Help Aid and Awareness and Encourage Future Harmony. Make Peace Not War

Real Power.One Tsunami, and all our armies, Seem belittled by... Read More


I am not the one I was before yesterday.I cannot... Read More

Our Home

Our home was warm in the shade of the trees... Read More

Listen as I Share: WE

You speak simple, completley understandable justifications I respect them, respect... Read More

The Cat

Truth is stranger than fiction according to many people who... Read More