Jazz After Dinner: Selected Poems by Leonard A. Slade Jr.

By Leonard A. Slade Jr.

Poems of occasion and persistence. From "I Am a Black guy" i'm a Black guy my background written with blood a few candy songs of sorrow are composed for my soul and that i should be obvious plowing within the fields may be heard buzzing within the evening

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Looking intently at the waitress She requests bountiful bread to take with her The hunger for respect satisfied. 38 Reasons for Celebration His His His His His His His birth was humble, teachings are fire, children are followers, presence is powerful, name is precious, love is divine, home is eternal. 39 The Great Mother Among family and friends I like the mother strong children disciplined father wise and dogs running through the living room free 40 As a Friend See me in your dreams, the way I see you holding my hand.

43 Golden Years So much have I seen in fifty-eight years, So much in fifty-eight long years! I can Remember the first time I kissed my sixteen-year-old Sweetheart and how her eyes sparkled in the night. I can remember the special days of long hot summers When strawberries ripened with sweet juice; When plums were perfect for picking And yellow roses blossomed in the frontyard; Yes, I still remember the five-room house Where nine children were reared for college. What painful days they were When teachers whipped to discipline And yelled when students did not study!

He taught us how to pray. ) He spread the Word of God. ) He was crucified on the Cross. ) He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. ) 21 How Beautiful, O God How beautiful are the clouds, I thank you, God, for the gift of sight. How beautiful is the earth, I thank you for the gift of feeling. How beautiful are the birds in the morning, I thank you for the gift of joy. How beautiful are the new born babes, I thank you for the gift of life. How beautiful is Your Divine presence, I thank you for the promise of eternity.

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