Always knew I inherited no part of mommy’s green thumb / never met a plant that I couldn’t kill / but I think I will go outside early in the morning / I’m gonna go outside and plant myself a poem / add a little water / a touch of love / come the sunshine / I will have myself a fresh harvest of words / every single day / any hour of the night / a fresh harvest of words / for the rest of my life / and then some day some far away day I will take a poem with me plant it on the other side. I will have me a fresh harvest of words,
for all eternity.
November 18th was a scheduled meeting for the Women of the World Poetry Slam 2016 Committee. We walked the campus of Pratt Institute and photographed venues, then gathered as friends and as a planning committee to talk over good food and wine. None of us had heard that Giselle Robinson was no longer with us, but walking through the venues the evening of her passing was as magical as she, and we were all filled with the same love and joy she had of poetry. We each found out in our own ways after parting for the night, and by the next morning were already discussing how to honor our friend, mama/tia/sis, fierce competitor and loving supporter, Giselle Robinson.
Giselle touched a lot of lives with her poetry, a lot of smiles with her joy, and a lot of hearts with her love. Her strength was so powerful, one couldn’t help but feel stronger in her presence. She taught us self love, not only in the way she loved herself, but also with how she loved her friends and family. She loved like love was the only option.
We love you. We miss you. We will always remember you.
“I speak in the voice of my island home,
evoking the heart of the tropical sun
and the trade winds that blow
that flow through my soul
even when I am far from home.”
Rest in Power, Giselle Robinson
The poetry slam community has lost a lot of friends and family over the years. Women of the World Poetry Slam 2016 sends our love to everyone in mourning and we remember all the poets who have ever graced a poetry slam stage. We celebrate the lives of our fellow poets, their poetry and legacy. Much Love.
Rest in Power, Poets
If you know a poet who has passed on and would like them remembered, please email the poets name and photo to MaryCaeWOWPS@gmail.com
*I have tried to post two photos per poet: one performance and one casual. This has not been an easy task and I have had a hard time locating photographs of poets who have passed on. To date, everyone has two photos except Joy de la Cruz; if you have another photo of her, please email it to MaryCaeWOWPS@gmail.com. Thank you. Much Love.