Wednesday, February 12, 2020

What Will it Take to End Deep-Rooted Racism in the Rural South?


rac·ism
/ˈrāˌsizəm/
noun
  1. prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.


Racism is a topic that continues to plague the American Soul, generation after generation.  Whether you have indigenous blood ties to this land, or you are seeking opportunities to expand with the synergy of major corporations that are the driving force behind Georgia’s rapid economic growth; you can’t avoid unwelcome encounters.   

Be it the dangerous, congested roadways during your dreadful traffic commute— with no clear vision in the forecast, to decrease the number of roadway fatalities; or the destructive encounters in convenience stores, chain restaurants, grocery stores or your local home improvement store— which was my recent encounter…  There are so many franchises who hire unpleasant, rude, and racists employees!!  #FACT

The older I get, the harder it is for me to hold my tongue… And fighting racism and discrimination in the Navy and District Court system for the past decade has helped me to sharpen it, but it boils my Cherokee blood and awakens my Warrior Spirit, each time I have a face to face encounter with the bad seeds this state continues to reproduce… the off breeds my grandmother warned me about!!   

No wonder the Democratic Party has chosen to host abortion campaigns here, what do they know that I need to know?!

I will spare you the details about my unfortunate encounter, simply out of respect for the store manager, who just happened to be of Korean descent.  As a military Veteran who served as a logistics planner in his home country, I have deep admiration for his culture, but I find it inexcusable for him to say, “It’s a Southern Thing…  I’ve learned to deal with it…” 

As if to shove off racism, simply because he knows Martial Arts, which I presume is his defense weapon. “Who is he going to fight… himself?!”  An employee’s job performance is a reflection of their leadership, good or bad!  Just look at our current political climate!!  I digress…

The more he insisted I go back inside the store, as he offered to stand by my side… as well as to ensure he meets his sales quotas… The more frustrated I became... I didn't need a baby sitter or personal escort... I needed a leader!!!  Then I exclaimed, “You don’t understand just how deeply breed this racists culture is here…”  Then I told him, his corporation has lost my business because it took a lot of physical effort and energy for me to go to that store, only to have my emotions triggered and my nerves stressed by a racist employee… is unacceptable. 

I’ve frequented that particular store for the past 10 years, and this wasn’t the first time I encountered racists employees… frankly, it’s gotten worse!

African-Americans have one of the strongest buying powers in the country.  It’s been proven by other major corporate giants… Even Popeye’s tested the culture’s buying power…  And it’s easy to say, “Boy-Cott!!” To redirect business elsewhere!!  #FACT

The only way to break the culture of racism is to teach it love and compassion… and in this case, to adopt the Zero Tolerance Rule throughout ALL corporate industries.

Yet with Home Depot’s strong ties to the military community, I’m deeply disappointed at how local employees treat military Veterans!!   As much as we do for our country!!

Monday, January 27, 2020

A Poetic Tribute to Kobe Bryant's Legacy... Rest in Heaven




Kobe, Who Art in Heaven
©  2020, Sy’needa Penland

My Dearest Kobe,
As your Divine Spirit
Is gracefully guided
Into thou eternal light,
Do not greet darkness
With ponder or fright,
As the lightning roar its thunder
This weary night.

Many have crossed over
Before you-- With accolades,
Titles and fame.  But few
Have met the challenge
That you’ve been selected to claim.

Kobe, Who Art in Heaven—
All transgressions are forgiven!

May the Divine, Loving Light
Greet you with much delight,
As your Star shines bright in Heaven—
And Gianna steers you to take
Your Rightful place, in thou
Divine Kingdom.

Rare occasions like this,
Dare I miss, as the Divine Universe
Greets you at heaven’s door.

You have scored your final pass.
At last, you have arrived
At your final destination,
As the celebration of your legacy
Shall live on, to infinity.

Ashes to Ashes,
Dust to Dust—

Thrust forward, dear child!
Do not be charmed 
By society’s lust,
To tempt your torn heart
To defend your honor.

As you must depart this realm
To join union with the Devout Fathers
Of the Ages, whose legacies
Are recorded by the Great Sages,
To be honored in historical pages.

For your service has just begun,
As Son's take the role of Fathers,
Under the Rising Sun. 
Your teamwork is never done.

As your Spirit now rest
In thy Heavenly Kingdom.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cast into Thy Soul, a Poem for the Preservation of Humanity




Cast into thy Soul
© 2020  Sy’needa Penland

Cast into thy Soul,
Infinite Wisdom and Divine Light.
Cast into thy Soul,
All the Powers that balance the Universe,
When day becomes night.

Cast into thy Soul,
The protective Spirits of the Angels
Whose Divine Stars shine bright.
Cast into thee,
The Breast Plate of the Gods
As well as their spears.

Cast into thee,
The Sacred Wisdom of the Seers
And the Ancient Magic of Sorcery.
Cast into thee,
The Forbidden Spells of the Magicians
And the Potions of Divinity.

Cast into thee,
The Great Shield,
To protect and balance
The Inner Dimensions of Earth,
As she takes her place in Heaven
And yield to the Universe.

Thou Soul has risen
Many times before,
As old scores are settled;
The conning of many more.

Witchery’s Brew is what I do,
Call it what you will
But my Free Will calls it Love.

Cast into thy soul,
Your tormented Earth,
As she becomes fermented inside of me.
I cast into thee, thy soul,
As we conjoin our halves
And become whole,
To give birth to
          … New Heavens
          … New Stars
          … New Universes

I hereby render thee,
All curses broken,
And our union becomes a token
To Humanity;
As I give birth to you,
You give birth to me;
Delivered Divinity.



Tuesday, December 17, 2019

" Infinite Beauty of You"



Infinite Beauty of You
©  2019  Sy’needa Penland

Eternal Universe,
Save thy soul from the devoutness
Of thou universal being,
All that I’m Seeing… Sensing… Feeling…
Are but reflections of thy Divine,
As infinite love entwines all essence
Of Divine Life, into the heart of your
Cosmic Abode;

Unfold, Divine Life,
Unfold, the Etheric Essence of thee—
Unfoldment of thou Earth,
From the deep abyss of her seas,
To the depths of her infinite heavens,
To the sacredness of her Divine Soul;
Unfolds infinite beauty of thee,
Divinity!