I Can’t Breathe: Poetic Memory of George Floyd

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins, art by Shawn “SP” Perkins

I arm myself with words and conscious thought to alter perception opposed to violence and ignorance. To honor another man’s life — one taken without empathy — was important to my spirit and to my role as a father and protector of two daughters. Continue letting your voices be heard and seek change through positive action people. One Love! -Kimatni D. Rawlins –

 “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” — Desmond Tutu

 

I Can’t Breathe

Excuse me sir, but I can’t breathe

in the land of the free, home of the brave.

It’s a pandemic and jobs have been lost,

including my own.

Providing for my family is the goal

and spiritual divinity is the fundamental virtue of my throne.

Am I guilty, a threat, or innocent?

A black man in America

overshadowed by cognitive dissonance.

When the looting starts,

the shooting starts, says 45!

God is the source of all energy,

blessing the world with tranquility and serenity.

I loved my life,

I was a father of two

and developed profound friendships.

I enjoyed excelling in sports in Houston,

even picked up the mic a few times, aka “Big Floyd.”

Get to know my story and relinquish your fear,

I’m as human as you with a thirst for creativeness,

even in perilous times, I focus on noble causes. [Read more…]

Heavenly Experiences at Montego Bay’s S Hotel Jamaica

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Wah Gwaan! Welcome back to the land of pristine Caribbean waters, roots rock Reggae, and jerk recipes that satisfy the soul. Whether your travel is romantic, entertainment, or spiritually based, Jamaica will always provide that cerebral experience required for a heavenly getaway.

I typically jet set to the island of “natural mystic” a few times annually to release old, negative energy and inhale positive vibrations with family and friends. Plus, it’s a must that my belly maintains satiation from Rastafarian iTal or spiced vegan grub to enhance bodily function. And no matter where I venture to my spiritual leader, Robert Nesta Marley, is always by my side, such as at the S Hotel Jamaica where I settled in for a few fantastic evenings during a short excursion. [Read more…]