UPLift the Mind... UPLift the Soul...Use the Light Within to See Past the Illusions. Using art to provoke thought, Urban Poetry is about, finding beauty in the grim; art that is unexpected and the artistry of urban imagination.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Resurrection of Me

Black sun, red moon
The spring brings no new blooms
The destructive dragon of my mind sent the rains running
Drought  has left this land desolate and overtaken by famine
Thirsting for waters to revitalize and fertilize
Resurrecting once again the grounds of my spirit
To bring forth the fruits of my hearts passion.
   ---Temidara

One of my biggest challenges is dealing with acceptance...especially that of my family and close peers. I remember my mother reminding me never to shrink around people, in fear of what they may say, with my seemingly quirky, weird ways... or think I was inadequate because the lack of monetary resources. She often noticed how I'd  hide my gifts and talents, too concerned about what someone else would think,  so much so that one day when I was a sophomore in high school she gave this poem.
She asked me to memorize it; know it by heart. Wanting me to understand that the complexion of my skin, texture of my hair, gender, social status nor my individualistic and abstract manor, should ever detour me from my aspirations... for she too had struggled with this same level of thinking.

Then in 1997, my junior year of high school, I went on a spiritual retreat to Barbados for young women. All the girls were given new names as a rights of passage and mine was, "Temidara", meaning: Everything about me is good...huuumm how fitting.

I'm still learning to embrace the meaning behind the name more and more each day, as I renew the passions of my heart by truly loving me and what I do. Not egotistically, yet humbly, with confidence in my abilities and a love for the unique qualities that make me, me.

Crazy, almost 10 years has pasted with me on pause, with myself being the cause. From one event to the next, my mind was clearly taken off path and I no longer was fully pursuing my dreams. Things weren't going exactly as planed and the negative feedback from a few was playing, consistently on rewind in my head.  Now, I know you're suppose to use your hatters as your motivators, but I was allowing them to be the cause of my downward spiral. Although, from time to time I heard the words of encouragements..."You are Talented", "You have a Gift", it all fell on deaf ears and I cave to the words of the minority, allowing it to break my spirits. They say, sticks and stones may break my bones but the words you say will never hurt me...well, the words did hurt.

But, layer by layer I remove the irrational thoughts, to no longer live in the shadows of doubt but in full view, without hesitation, having faith and believing in what I do. No more paying attention to the "he-say, she-say"--"nay sayers" nor "waiting for perfect weather" ..I have to make moves even in cloudy conditions. Thus, I'm moving forward, each day closer to recovery, from a mindset that holds one back... no more blaming others for my circumstance. Doing it not only for me but to also be an example for my daughter. So I hear the words of a friend remind me, " You Are Your Greatest God Given Resource".
... and that of another say, "Don't Be Scared of presenting the true you or what you have to offer...believe and pull yourself UP".

So from the ashes I will rise...the element that is Urban Poetry....I will, "UPLift the mind ...UPLift the Soul...Use the Light Within to See Past the Illusions  

Beginning again to have confidence
In the grace and elegance
The beauty and simplicity
Of being free
Things thought to be merely memories
Are now dreams resurrected
The remembrance was inevitable
Entrancing fashioning that is timeless
I've been drawn back to the original ..The Realness
Of  the true me and that only
To exhibit my unique qualities
Displaying the illuminating splendor of the divine artistry
That is... Urban Poetry.
        ----"Temidara"


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Urban Poetry UPcycle Style

 Urban Poetry UPcycle Style, is the poetic nature that speaks from designing with a conscience converting unwanted product and recycled resources keeping materials out of land fills and turning them
into something unique and once again useful. By integrating the love of art and poetry, my creations become distinct one-off's (one-of-a-kind) from the additional enhancements of original digital art, deconstructing, "remixing": mixing reclaimed and remnant  fabrics or innovative simplistic styles that involves little or no sewing to construct.



The idea of UPcycling is one of the most sustainable things people can do, as it is good not only for the environment but it gives peace of mind. The average American discards an estimated 70 pounds of clothing a year, with 15% recycled and 85% going to landfills, causing 11.1 million tons of textile wast, making up about 5% of the total garbage. Reusing items that other wise would be discarded, reduces the amount of pesticides used in growing cotton or to make fabrics from petroleum sources. It preserves water that would have been needed to dye fabrics and cuts down on methane gas pollutants released from decomposing clothing as well as the volatile organic compounds emitted into the water and air from the manufacturing process.

Then there is also the beneficial factor of knowing where your items come from.  The enormous and ugly human rights issue surrounding garments made in factories is perplexing. The inhuman manor in which some major clothing manufactures go about production in the name of profit is troubling. "Sweatshops", deprive its workers of sufficient wages to support the basic needs of a small family and is degrading with persons having to endure verbal and physical abuse.




Become apart of the growing trend. Be original and make a difference by supporting eco designs and or also buying locally made hand crafts or services as this will become your peace of mind by impacting your local communities economy...which is the most sustainable and eco-friendly thing one can do.

Also check out the "Remarkable Vision" and 'Amazing Strides" that have been made by, Oak Cliff local, Tisha Crear, as well all the local vendors/artist/entrepreneurs working with and supporting her efforts.

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Glad to say I was one of the participants. 
and

March 22, 2014 Vendor Certification Training welcomed a guest presentation from Chesley of CANTOINETTE studios
cantoinettestudios

Specializing in sculptural headwear and contemporary jewelry using recycled, reclaimed and found materials


Stay Tuned Online Shop Coming Soon!!!
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Urban Poetry Motto Tee: UPLift the Mind...UPLift the Soul...Use the Light Within to See Past the Illusions


Resources
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Power of Dragonfly Medician

 For a moment, seemingly, I was sabotaging my life from the doubts and fears of my own mind. A mental state constantly focused on uncontrollable factors...frustrated from not being able to control every factor...and confused from not having all the answers. 
 Finally, came a period when I had to silence the pandemonium within as well the chaotic noise from outside forces- to just sitting still-- quieting my mind with meditation and listening to my soul to give my direction. 

Concluding this sabbatical and much needed leave of absence, I've notably learned to promote what I love instead of bashing what I hate...which, at times can be difficult. Yet, I'm comprehending more and more each day, the power that comes from simply showing love... especially the transforming power it has when starting with ones own self. 

 Wondering what to post next (seeing as its been awhile), I began writing and rewriting searching for the perfect combination of words to pin point my emotions and what I was experiencing in a positive light. Wanting it to precisely convey what I've learned and still learning, while going through the challenges of reviving my own purpose for being. Suddenly, my spirit was drawn back to the beautiful and poetic symbolism of the "DRAGONFLY"...from which came the logo I use for what is, "Urban Poetry".

Truly representing the essence, (with my summary of one of its meanings being the "Motto" : Uplift the Mind, Uplift the Soul...Use the Light Within to See Past the Illusions) I was completely made aware, AGAIN, of what to remember on this journey... even when the traveling conditions become turbulent. It's a continual graduation in ones level of thinking through life lessons... never-ending testing of the spirit and mind to bring about higher consciousness.




The Dragonfly's Essence: 

the symbolism of its character and what it teaches 


Spiritual Guide to Defeating Self-Created Illusions
The iridescent glow of the dragonfly's wings and body is a magical property. With the ability to present itself in different variations dependent upon the angel and polarization of light falling upon it, shows an end of self created illusions and clearer vision into life's realities.
This signifies the unmasking; revealing the spirits real abilities by removing doubts cast on ones own sense of identity and the removal of inhibitions to bring about self discovery.
Having the power of feeling free to express your true feelings... the dragonfly promotes celebrating the multitude of colors, complex beautiful shades and hues within you; loving the way you shine uniquely in the light. Energy that's radiant of the "Divine Message of Light"  and as it reflects that light from within, doors open for creative imagination. Proclaiming to "Break Free" from the opinions and judgments, the stories told by others of ones own significance. The dragonfly extends the invitation to shift your way of thinking and with the blink of an eye remembering you alone have the power to choose.      

Embodiment of Transformation
 Into action, agile in flight, the dragonfly has the capability of flying in all directions swiftly with precision, moving with the utmost grace and elegance. A characteristic that speaks of ones pure potential; a gift, giving vision and inspiration... successfully bringing into existence the passions from within. 
Symbolic of change in perspective and self realization, it is the source of mental and emotional maturity. The dragonfly's scurrying flight across water represents the act of going beneath the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.
   
Living in the Moment
With the ability to fly for only a fraction of its life, the dragonfly does everything it can in a short amount of time leaving nothing to be desired. This exemplifies living in the now and to the fullest. You are aware of who you are, where you are, what your doing, what you want and what you don't want and making informed choices on an individual basis. 

The Opening of Ones Eyes
The eyes of the dragonfly are awe inspiring. 360* of sight, symbolizing the uninhibited vision of the mind; able to see beyond the limitations of human self; rising above materialism...to finally, moving beyond the mundane into the vastness that is our universe to witness and experience the realities of true love.   




In loving memory of Maya Angelou....
In the mist of me writing myself back out of a shell, I heard about the release of Maya Angelou's spirit from the body. Although sadden, I've been dealing with the death of close relatives once a month for the past three...and felt the timing of hers, was another sign to me, solidifying my feelings by remembering the words of her wisdom.  


I'm Listening closely 
and I hear clearly 
the voice of my Ancestors spirit 
speaking the words 
.....Still I Rise