Talk to the hand kind of day, week, month, year…

On Sunday I’m going to the Diner event. I want a well done mushroom omelette and a side of wheat toast. Yes wheat not white or rye. I’ll have a meal and I’ll have fellowship with my friends at the table next Sunday. I am going to place my order and get my grub on. “Ayesha Karim is a volunteer and a poet.” In May I have a poem coming out in the May 2017 NAMI Mercer newsletter. Miss Maddy is going to publish it. Miss Maddy has published like five or six of my poems in the newsletter since January 2013. In an attempt to connect all of the dots I just say Phillis Wheat as in Wheatley and I’m a poet. I started writing poems in the 5th grade and here I am publishing another poem, I have a writing blog and I’m taking a course in how to write for children and teenagers. All while I work on a 2nd Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Life is so good especially because I’m on payroll at Mercer! I have my summers off. I work in the Fall/Winter and Spring semesters as a Mentor for the DREAM program. I will make $1,000-$1,500 by January or February 2018 when I get the summary of what I made in 2017. My goal is to stay at Mercer and just keep working and serving. Ann Norz asked me if I am still working at Mercer. I know Ann from NAMI Mercer NJ. She’s nice. In 1995 when I lost my mind and my voice the first African American poets were discovered until 1995 poetry was all white and all male. In the past 20 years African Americans and others have been winners or short listed for major poetry prizes. I’m one of them! Poetry makes me happy, memoir writing makes me happy and I love blogging. A friend told me I was really good at blogging. Her name is Libby short for Elizabeth. She even told me a poem I almost had anthologized was a well written poem. I plan to write poems into my 40s and 50s.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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