Monique Mangrum's Choose

I am pleased to introduce poet Monique T. Mangrum, and to share with you her poem, Choose, as we continue to celebrate poetry month.

Monique describes herself as a "passionate lyricist", and I agree. As you read Monique's poem, I hope you will reflect on some of the choices you make each day.


I choose to make choices, consciously every day

I choose to thank God as I arise anew
I choose to celebrate as the birds sing and the flowers wave
I choose to hum along and give praise
I choose to make choices as I navigate my way through traffic
I choose not to allow bad attitudes to wreak havoc
I choose to extol and laugh effortlessly
I choose to speak warmly and exhort others continuously
My choices define me and have helped me become who I am
There is only one; Me and that's who I choose to be.

Copyright 2013 Monique Mangrum.
Reprinted with author's permission.


Leonard Dabydeen said...

The choise is great, Monique. Be yourself. That's all we need to know.

Leonard Dabydeen said...

Another April month poem...

Adelphi Dream

One one dutty
a build dam
punt trench wattah
a run go ah koka
and alligata ah hide
between muck-mucka
waiting fuh catch yuh
while carrion crow
ah sit pon barb-wyah fence
watching fuh see
who guh dead
gyal a wash claat
pon de ghat
and all ahwee
a listen
how donkey a bray
while cane cuttah
ah come home
wid he cutlass in he han
wrap up in ah bag
and I wake up seeing
everyting, everyting
wid me naked eye.

Adelphi, East Canje, Berbice, Guyana. I grew up here(Leonard Dabydeen).

Yasmin Morais said...

Leonard, thanks for commenting on Monique's poem. It is such an inspiring poem which encourages us to reflect on the many choices we are confronted with each day.

Yasmin Morais said...


I love Adelphi Dream! Thanks for sharing your poem and adding to our poetry month celebration. Interestingly, there is also an Adelphi in St. James, Jamaica. I love the line "and I wake up seeing everyting, everyting wid me naked eye"

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