Monday, January 13, 2014


Have you ever met someone & gotten the feeling that you had met for a reason?

About two and a half years ago, I was busy peddling my cookbooks at a college fair and I had a conversation with a striking woman who patiently listened to my stories. We discussed the business of publishing your own work & she told me that she had quite a bit of poetry that she had written. I vividly recall her looking me straight in the eye and asking if I would care to listen to one of her poems. Of course I was very interested in listening, but I had no idea how powerful her words would be. She described an excruciating event which she survived by the grace of God.  
Ms. Williams has faced adversity for most of her life, having experienced homelessness as a child, the collapse of her marriage, dating after divorce  & many other events which she addresses in her poetry. Her drive & tenacity is quite admirable and I feel that she can inspire & encourage others with her honest prose. How fortunate I was to meet this poet & I predict that her works will shine brighter than the sun.
On that fall day, Honey shared a couple of poems with me, "A Letter to An Ex," is reprinted below & is from her latest book, "Life More Abundantly" and other Powerful & Empowering Works.  I strongly encourage you to check out her book and share the strength of her message with others who need help understanding life's challenges.  Don't miss Honey on my radio show - this Saturday at 2 pm CST. She'll be reciting some of my favorite poems!

A Letter To An Ex ©
By Honey Angela Williams

I don’t know what hurt the most,
The lies, the thefts, the nights you left…
Or the promises you never kept.
Maybe it was loss of the dream
Together forever ‘till death do us part.
How was I to know there was more than one
Way to die, and many ways yet to break my heart.
A boy with a violin…a good hard working man,
Turned into the walking dead with outstretched hands.

 …Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
Of death, I will fear no evil, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me…
Psalm 23…helped ease my pain, helped get me thru,
Helped me to leave you.
Yes, I take some responsibility.
I was a silly woman, and you were a creep.
I did not listen to that inner voice
That told me you were the wrong choice.
(Somehow, you reminded me of my daddy)
And I was in love with your family…
Your mom would not know you,
And my mom would cry to hear
All the things you’re going through.
She’d say, “Honey, it’s time to go.
Daddy was in such pain…not from crack cocaine,
He drank himself in the grave.
I left many times, but you stay away.
Take care of yourself, and your baby and pray.
Pray for him, pray for you,
Continue to go to church and Alanon too,
To stay strong and carry it thru.
And may God continue to bless all of you.”
I thank God for the experience.
We’ve got a beautiful, intelligent baby,
Just like you said she would be.
And I’m not silly any more---- I am a new me!
You’ll be happy to know
That she’s putting on quite a show.
Maybe when you’re in recovery,
You’ll come back to see.

Printed with the explicit permission of the author.

Honey Williams - this Saturday at 2:00 pm CST.
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Jenn V. said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to hear her on your show.


Katy B said...

Yea, Angela! (And very cool to showcase her, Lanea!)

M Dianne Grotius Berry said...

Oh, my. Just beautiful. I'm so glad we met at such a time as this. Thank you, Lanea, for magnifying her beauty with such on point descriptive. She's hovering now, prayed up and with our King. Prayers to her family for comfort and peace!