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Latorial Faison was born in April 1973 and raised in Southampton County, VA. She’s authored and edited a total of 14 books to include poetry and anthologies for young readers. Her titles include Mother to Son, Love Poems, the 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History series, 100 Poems You Can Write, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, a children's book, Kendall's Golf Lesson, and two junior writing anthologies. Faison attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed graduate studies in English at VA TECH. Her writing has been selected for publication in Prairie Schooner, About Place Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Mandala Journal, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, Obsidian, Chickenbones, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and other publications and anthologies. A 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Center fellow, Faison is a recipient of the 2018 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prize. 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 teaches at Virginia State University. Visit her official website at

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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