Featured Writer: Jeffery Martin



Me I say it

all the time

through metaphor

and sometime


this life is meant

to fight for yo

to have our dreams

and make them so

to push through

when we feel afraid

and clean the waters

in which we wade

take a chance

for higher ground

be good at heart

when no one’s round

to study towards

a clearer view

and see what comes

up out of you

don’t call on god

unless you cry

for others

who have been denied

the simple truths

for one and all

that miracles

aren’t labeled small

no child was meant

a stepping stool

and wise men

once were the fool

and words were given

to give grace

to all who

start out on

on this race

but not a race

to be won

better yet

to learn from

bring something

to this earth

that wasn’t here

before your birth

don’t worry bout

no legacy

bless the world

with what you see

and give it more

than it expects

raising the bar

for those called next

do a thing

cuz you want to

and not because

it’s required of you

remember the ones

who took the time

to influence

your pen and rhyme

never speak

from the head

find that voice

from the heart instead

cuz me I say it

all the time

through metaphor

and sometime rhyme

this here ain’t

no selfish stream

be big enough

to share your dreams


© Jeffery Martin

jefferyAbout the Author

Poet, storyteller Jeffery Martin author of nine books (5 books of poetry, 3 children’s books and a play), uses life experiences as his inspiration behind what he shares with the world.  His first book “Weapon of Choice” won the 2008 New Jersey Beach Book Festival for Best Book of Poetry and was also an Honorable Mention in New York and London Book Festivals of the same year.  His book of poetry “As Sons Love Their Mothers” received Honorable Mention in the 2011 San Francisco Book Festival.  He also received Honorable Mention for his children’s book, “Silly Billy” in the same festival. He has also lent his pen to five anthologies including “Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How The Arts Are Transforming A Community,” “No Hablo Espanol,” “The Border Crossed Us,” “Revolutionary Poets Brigade Los Angeles,” “The Coiled Serpent. He has lent his voice to several poetry CD’s and in 2015 released his own poetry CD entiltled “Jeffery Road”

 Mr. Martin has been very active in community for some time, founding the theatre group B.E.H.O.L.D. for inner city youth in Rochester, New York, where youth were introduced to poetry, dance, martial arts, fencing, theater, drumming, clowning, acrobatics, art, ceramics and public speaking.  He believes that words can be a source of strength and healing, using his life as an example.  He is currently employed by Los Angeles Unified School District and works with children with special needs.

Visit Jeffery’s Author Page At: http://www.ctupublishinggroup.com/jeffery-martin-.html

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