Saturday, February 24, 2018

February 24, 2018


LOOKING FOR A TEAR DROP

I looked for one:

Inside a stone ….
Inside a grain of sand ….
Inside a dime ….
Inside a tree ….
Inside a marriage license after a divorce….

But never found one there.

I gave up looking and finally found one

Inside a church - back bench in the dark ….
Late afternoon - and I was the only one
in the church - in a back bench in the dark.

 © Andy Costello, Reflections 2018



February 24, 2018


Black History Month Thought for today: 


“No  race  can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”  


Booker T. Washington





Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018


OH MY GOD!


Sitting there leaning against a wall, 
begging for a green bill or 3 quarters,
you walked right by me.

Sitting there leaning against a wall,
begging for some recognition,
you walked right by me.

Sitting there on the other side of a wall,
blurting out an “Ahem!” or a cough,
you walked right my me.

Sitting there in a chair against a wall
in a nursing home or a prison,
you drove right by me.



© Andy Costello, Reflections 2018


February 23, 2018





Black  History  Month Thought for today: 

“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” 

Toni Morrison










Thursday, February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018



THE  FLOWER 

The flower - praise went to its petals ….
Don’t get proud now. It could happen
to you if you heard from a hundred
people: “Smells beautiful….” “Such
beautiful color ....  Such perfect skin ….”
“Thank you for this perfect flower.

Two weeks later. It drooped. It faded. 
Happens to flowers every time.
She saw her arms wrinkle. He saw
his muscles sag. Poets in a nursing
home - across the street from a high
school - get these thoughts every day.



© Andy Costello, Reflections 2018





February 22,  2018 



Black History Month Thought for today: 


“I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.”  



Rosa Parks

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018





Black History Month Thought for today

            
"Miracles happen all the time. We're here, aren't we?" 


Marilyn Nelson (African-American poet, translator and children's book author).