#findyoursummer (August) For the youth…

Summer Finale!

I love this piece.  Black and brown youth are often forced to grow up fast due to many circumstances but this summer in particular, I felt there were a lot of children forced to witness a ton of injustice, bigotry and hate.  I also saw a lot of children being children.  Actually playing…OUTSIDE!  They were being kids.  Carefree, joyful and full of life.  What a beautiful sight!  I love that this piece came to me while I was at the beach.  I also love that the children filmed are silhouetted by the sun so that you can’t see their faces.  I’m always cautious about photographing or videotaping kids so the sun worked in my favor on that hot August day.  I wrote this piece with the youth of today in mind but also for the young at heart.  As we wrap up another summer season, I hope you were able to at least for a moment capture the essence of the season, be youthful in spirit and #findyoursunmer.  Here’s to a great end of the summer and a prosperous Fall season!

August (For the youth…)

I hope the sun’s rays were good to you and allowed you to be a kid again.


Abundant in play and without worry.

I hope the ocean’s waves crashed at your feet and washed away any doubt that you could be anything.

And everything.

And nothing,

if you so choose.

I hope the August heat melted uncertainty and birthed promise.

Find joy in the light.

Let the sweat trickle down your brow and illuminate your aura.

Taste the sweet bitterness of the ocean and become drunk off of its life.

I hope you found freedom in the ocean’s waves and will never let it go.


As the last week of July rolls around, I’m sharing 3 summer inspired pieces for the July edition of my #findyoursummer project.  I have to admit, this month has been a bit of a rollercoaster in the world.  Between the various terrorist attacks around the world to the murders of innocent black and brown individuals by police officers in my own backyard to this mess of a presidential campaign, it’s been quite the challenge to come up with a new piece for the series.  Then I remembered that THIS is exactly what it’s about.  “Finding your summer” is all about finding your paradise, your heaven or you peace in a world filled with chaos and sometimes that means revising whatever it was that gave you that special “summer” feeling.  So I went back in time a bit and decided to revisit a few of my favorite summer inspired pieces to share for this month.  Reminiscing, revisiting and remembering all filter into “finding your summer” so I invite you to take a sunny trip down memory lane and get lost in the pieces.  Enjoy!

A Love Supreme


Mold my heart to yours.

I’ll mimic every beat.

Trace every crease with my lips and leave behind my devotion.

I’m a slave to your touch.

To you.


Your love lives in me

Can’t you see it?

Take my hand and guide me through your dreams.

Give me your night terrors to slay and I’ll never stop fighting.

Let me kiss away your pain and shield you from the world’s evil glare.

Your love lives in me.

Can’t u see it?

This love supreme

Can’t you feel it?

I see your lips in the clouds and now pray for rainy days.

You eyes make themselves known in sunsets off the coasts of


Beckoning me to play in the valley that is your being.

Let me in.

Please let my love enter your heart.

Don’t be afraid.

Don’t run away.

Please stay and allow me to be here for you

Because you are here.


In me.

My love for you is strong and lives,


Is me.

Can’t you see it?

Your love lives in me.

Your love lives in me.

Your love lives in me.

If only you knew it was living there.

Summer Madness

the way we were W

Fatherless girls with fatties

Looking for the next dude to call Daddy


They gladly extend bare arms

Reaching for tatted soldiers that bear arms

Same song

But not as Kool as the gang

Names change

Situations stay the same

15 year old died after his championship game

The news claimed

He was gang affiliated

Falsely associated

Human life underrated

Young men claim city owned blocks

White tees and black jeans

The cycle never stops

The shots never got

The intended target

EMS trucks don’t even bother

Fatherless youth cultivated in a motherless womb

Summer heat always brings out the true goons

Ruthless heat bring cold metal to streets

Tempers flaring

The whole block gets caught in your beef

September grief

Wake me up when it ends

Brooklyn Summer

Until we meet again.

Seasons (Summer) Pt. 1
Let’s dance
And smile
And play
And eat berries until
The sky becomes pink and grey
Spend days by the ocean
Greeted by its breeze
Let’s get lost in it all
Work like we love it
Spend hours in someone else’s world like we matter
Because we know in a few short moments
We will have the sun all to ourselves
Let’s pray together
Out loud or in silence
Let’s affirm our guidance and not worry at all
Let’s grieve when sorrow hits and never live in it
Grow through it together, or alone
Let’s write music no one will hear so we never fear
Dream impossible dreams awake, sleep and dream again
Let’s love like there’s no hate
Pour our souls on paper so generations to come can relate
Let’s be free
Let’s be free
Let’s be free
And never leave the water’s edge


#findyoursummer Untitled #1 June

Remember being a kid during the summer break from school?  It was the BEST time of the year, besides Christmas.  Anything was possible and the world was yours.  I miss that feeling, that fearlessness of being a kid and knowing, truly knowing and believing that ANYTHING was possible.  Well, I’m getting her back.  Young Shay. The girl who learned how to ride her bike with one hand one summer because her other arm was in a yellow cast from her wrist to her shoulder.  No fear of falling and breaking my other arm, no reason to believe that the kids from around the way wouldn’t pick me to be on their team for any game because I was still the fasted girl in the neighborhood, even with one free arm.  No doubt, carefree, and open to the possibilities of everything working out for the better.  THAT SHAY!  I’m challenging you to do the same.  This summer, #findyoursummer.  Reclaim that kid in you that knew there was nothing but endless possibilities waiting for you when you stepped outside that door, no matter what the circumstances.  This summer, be fearless, be vibrant, be open and live fuller! 

Each month this summer I’ll be releasing a new video, written poem or spoken word piece as part of my #findyoursummer project.  The first piece “Untitled #1 (June)” can be seen below.  Enjoy!