I had such a tough time getting myself to settle down and write when 2015 was winding down. Within the first few days of the new year, I thought I would be able to pen an all-encompassing Let’s-Snatch-This-Leap-Year-That-Is-2016-And-Be-Amazing-At-Life piece. I wasn’t. It was not for lack of trying though. Just how does one say that completely and adequately, in a way that’s enough? Then a friend shared this YouTube video below, a recital of Hey Black Child! by 3-year old Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem on Windy City LIVE, a day talk show on an American TV network. The YouTube video quotes the poem as the work of Maya Angelou, but it is actually by by Countee Culleen, poet and author and according to poetryfoundation.org, “perhaps the most representative voice of the Harlem Renaissance.” I don’t know him or his work well enough to give an opinion on either, but I do like this poem. I had to share.

This is my #mood as I get into 2016. The only resolution I am making – to be the best person I can be, achieve the best I can, realise the best of my strength, and do my part in making the world better.

“Hey Black Child
Do you know who you are
Who you really are
Do you know you can be
What you want to be
If you try to be
What you can be

Hey Black Child
Do you know where you are going
Where you’re really going
Do you know you can learn
What you want to learn
If you try to learn
What you can learn

Hey Black Child
Do you know you are strong
I mean really strong
Do you know you can do
What you want to do
If you try to do
What you can do

Hey Black Child
Be what you can be
Learn what you must learn
Do what you can do
And tomorrow your nation
Will be what you what it to be.”

Countee Cullen. 

Poem text from: http://allhailchanel.weebly.com/harlem-renaissance.html