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Latorial Faison was born on April 14, 1973 and raised in Southampton County, VA, . She has authored 11 books, including Mother to Son, Love Poems, the 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History series, and children's book, Kendall's Golf Lesson. Faison attended UVA in Charlottesville and completed graduate studies in English Literature at VA TECH. Her writing has appeared in About Place Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, Obsidian III, Blackberry, Chickenbones, Kalyani, and The Chattahoochee Review. Faison was a finalist for the 2018 Furious Flower Poetry Prize judged by Poet Marilyn Nelson. Her writing has been published alongside Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover, and Dr. Cornel West in the NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith. Faison has been published in BET's Digital Drum, Electronic Corpse: poems from a digital salon, The Poetry Society of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology, and the University of Toledo's "Poems for Peace" project. Faison is currently on the faculty at Virginia State University where she teaches writing and literature.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Don't Waste this Time

by Latorial Faison

Don’t waste this time
Making a New Year’s resolution
Or debating God’s creation
Versus Darwin’s evolution

Don’t waste this time
Observing thy neighbor
Or coveting blessings
And the fruits of their labor

Don’t waste this time
Concealing infamy or shame
Or fixating on circumstances
From whence you came

Don’t waste this time
Enabling negative seasons
Or giving permanence to gloom
In search of profound reasons

Don’t waste this time
Deferring dreams and goals
Or neglecting faith in promises
Of what the future holds

Don’t waste this time
Denying wisdom and truth
Or chasing all the joys
Accomplished during youth

Don’t waste this time
Resurrecting issues now dead
Or awaiting those words
Left unwritten and unsaid

Don’t waste this time
Contemplating love
Or debating revelations
And the hate thereof

Copyrighted © January 1, 2013 Latorial D. Faison

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