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Latorial Faison was born & raised in Courtland, VA. She’s authored & edited 14 books. Her titles include Mother to Son, Love Poems, 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History, Volumes 1-3, 100 Poems You Can Write, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, Kendall's Golf Lesson & two junior writing anthologies. Faison attended UVA & completed graduate studies at VA TECH; she's a doctoral candidate at Virginia State University. Her writing has been selected for publication in Artemis Journal, PENUMBRA, HaikUniverse, Virginia's Best Emerging Poets, RHINO, Typishly Literary Magazine, Southern Poetry Anthology IX, Prairie Schooner, About Place Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Mandala Journal, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, Obsidian, Chickenbones, Typehouse & elsewhere. A 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Center fellow, Faison is a recipient of the Tom Howard Poetry Prize. Her writing has been published alongside Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover & Dr. Cornel West in the NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith. She teaches at Virginia State University. Her official website:

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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