10/27/2013: Inspirational Mocha

 

with Pat Nelson and Jody Hall

This program, developed from a query on Facebook, displays the power of encouragement and inspiration through songs and poetry.  Enjoy!

 

Poems

 

Choices - Nikki Giovanni

if i can't do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don't want
to do
it's not the same thing
but it's the best i can
do
if i can't have
what i want . . . then
my job is to want
what i've got
and be satisfied
that at least there
is something more to want
since i can't go
where i need
to go . . . then i must . . . go
where the signs point
through always understanding
parallel movement
isn't lateral
when i can't express
what i really feel
i practice feeling
what i can express
and none of it is equal
i know
but that's why mankind
alone among the animals
learns to cry
 

 

 

Still I Rise - Maya Angelou

 
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
 
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
 
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
 
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
 
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own backyard.
 
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.
 
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
 
Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
 
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
 
 

En La Brecha / In The Struggle - Jose de Diego

¡Ah desgraciado, si el dolor te abate,
si el cansancio tus miembros entumece!
Haz como el árbol seco: reverdece
y como el germen enterrado: late.
 
Resurge, alienta, grita, anda, combate,
vibra, ondula, retruena, resplandece...
Haz como el río con la lluvia: ¡crece!
Y como el mar contra la roca: ¡bate!
 
 
De la tormenta al iracundo empuje,
no has de balar, como el cordero triste,
sino rugir, como la fiera ruge.
 
¡Levántate!, ¡revuélvete!, ¡resiste!
Haz como el toro acorralado: ¡muge!

 

O como el toro que no muge: ¡embiste!
Playlist Tracks: 
Dan Hartman feat. Loleatta Holloway - Keep The Fire Burning
Album: Keep The Fire Burning; Label: Sony
Stevie Wonder - Love's In Need of Love Today
Album: Songs in The Key of Life, Vol. 1; Label: Motown
IndiaArie - Beautiful
Album: Acoustic Soul; Label: Universal - Island
Nina Simone - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Album: The Best of Nina Simone; Label: RCA Classics
Imani Winds - Umoja
Album: Umoja; Label: CDBY
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
Album: Immortal; Label: Epic
Ziggy Marley - Redemption Song
Album: Live From Soho; Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide
Michael Jackson - Keep The Faith
Album: Dangerous; Label: Epic Legacy
Widelife feat. Simone Denny - All Things Just Keep Getting Better
Album: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Soundtrack; Label: Capitol