Buddah Desmond, A Featured Poet for National Poetry Month on Vocal Expressions

Elated to share that I was recently a featured poet on author Dee Lawrence’s blog Vocal Expressions. The feature includes an interview and two poems, “When Freedom Called (The Fallout)” and “The Music of Life.” 

Much gratitude and appreciation to Dee Lawrence for providing this platform and highlighting poets during one of our favorite months of the year. To learn more about Dee Lawrence, go to her blog Vocal Expressions or check her out on IG.

~ Buddah Desmond

Buddah Desmond’s Poem, Bankruptcy (A Conceit), Featured on Osamasetorbest.com

Delighted to announce one of my latest poems, Bankruptcy (A Conceit), has been published on Osamasetorbest.comBankruptcy (A Conceit) is a poem about pride and having larger-than-life belief in oneself… Knowing and believing that you are so much more than what external forces tend to acknowledge (or fail to acknowledge). Much gratitude for this platform and the opportunity to share this poem with the world. 

~ Buddah Desmond 

New Project – shifting from the inside out: love poems – Out Today!

Cover of shifting from the inside out: love poems by Buddah Desmond

I’m happy to announce the release of my latest project, shifting from the inside out: love poems today. This collection contains some of my favorite love poems from my last two projects, Exotic Shifter and From The Inside Out: A Poetry Collection, along with some new poems. The title is a play on the titles of the aforementioned projects, and serves to illustrate the notion that love is an inside job. It manifests from the inside out. And when we are loved, love ourselves, and love others, it changes us. 

With it being Black History Month, Love Month, and my birthday month, I thought to myself—why not put out a special project and offer it for free?

To check out my latest project, go to: https://bit.ly/BDez-shifting-from-the-inside-out

Feel free to share and let me know your thoughts.

Happy BHM! Happy V-Day! 

Much love and many blessings!

~ Buddah Desmond 

Buddah Desmond’s Poem, The Daily Motions, Featured in Mixed Mag

Elated to announce that my poem, The Daily Motions, has been published in the lated issue (Issue 12) of Mixed Mag. The Daily Motions ponders how to get beyond going with the motions in love and relationships. Much gratitude to this platform for the opportunity to share this piece with the world. 

~ Buddah Desmond

Buddah Desmond’s Poem, Couch Session (Today’s Not That Day), Featured on Osamasetorbest.com

Happy to announce one of my latest poems, Couch Session (Today Is Not That Day), has been published on Osamasetorbest.com. Couch Session (Today Is Not That Day) is about how one is dealing with a recent breakup. Much gratitude for this platform and the opportunity to share this poem with the world. 

~ Buddah Desmond 

Buddah Desmond to be Featured in L4I’s Virtual Art Healing Speaker Series + Exhibit

I’m so grateful to be a featured artist for Love 4 Immigrants’ (L4I) Virtual Art Healing Speaker Series & Exhibit on Sunday, 7/26/2020. It’s L4I’s first virtual and collaborative event.

Through this engaging online experience we intend to take the audience on a journey through the stories, art work and lives of immigrants artists, ally artists, International artists and mental health experts/Healers, these artists have commonly used art as a tool for healing and processing difficult emotions. ~ Love 4 Immigrants

Pre-recorded profiles and interviews of artists, mental health experts, and healers will be available to view the day of the event.

To register for the event, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-4-immigrants-art-healing-virtual-speaker-series-exhibit-tickets-113687095162. Hope you can attend!

Much gratitude to Love 4 Immigrants for this opportunity!

~ Buddah Desmond

Buddah Desmond’s Poem, BLACK NATION, Published on Osamasetorbest.com

Happy to announce one of my latest poems, BLACK NATION, has been published on Osamasetorbest.com. Much gratitude for this platform and the opportunity to share these words about Black liberation with the world.

Much love and gratitude to Toya T, PhD for the imagery above, as this perfectly represents the message of my poem!

~ Buddah Desmond

New Book, From The Inside: A Poetry Collection, Out Now!

I’m happy to announce my new book, From The Inside Out: A Poetry Collection, is out now! After sitting on this project for a few years, I finally decided to get over myself and hit the button.

About The Book

From The Inside Out: A Poetry Collection examines the power of love and its impact on our lives. When combined with action, commitment, faith, hope, persistence, and pride, love can transform our relationships, our communities, our world, and each of us. We can find “Glory” when we “lose [ourselves] in the beauty and wonder of life and love.”

As these poems illustrate, this journey may require a little work, a little discovery, and some growing pains…. For love is an inside job. And we love from the inside out.

From The Inside Out is available for purchase at Amazon. Tell a friend, then another friend, and then another friend.

Much gratitude for your support. Peace, Love, and Many Blessings!

Buddah Desmond – Feature Friday Poet on No Line Left Behind

Elated to report that I was recently the Feature Friday poet on TehilaYah Ysrayl’s No Line Left Behind site. The feature includes an interview, and one of my latest poem’s entitled, “Home.” A snippet of the poem is below:

Much gratitude to TehilaYah for featuring me, and for providing a platform to highlight and support poets near and far. To learn more about TehilaYah, go to No Line Left Behind or check her out on IG.

Photos / graphics courtesy of TehilaYah Ysrayl. 

Reflections (Slaying The Monster)

I looked in the mirror
And what did I see
A monster staring back at me
From galaxies unknown
Dark, brooding
So alluring yet so scary
Projecting the happy fantasy
When really singing the lost soul blues
Self-sabotages almost consistently
Holds feelings so deep that when expressed
It’s potency trumps the fire expelled
by an entire Weyr
Putting on, showing out
Acting up, always on the raucous route
Wouldn’t stop until he’d achieved total
domination, control, and power over you
And he won
Or did he? 

When looking in the mirror
What did you see?
A figure you almost couldn’t believe
Because he looked just like you
In fact, it was you
So familiar yet so unrecognizable
How could you manage to let it all go?
No more, you say
NO MORE
His time of recklessness, dysfunction,
and drama are done
For you’re taking it back, all the way back to one
The lost, but not forgotten one
The O.G.
YOU
Time to slay the shit out of this
muthafucking monster
He’s gone on for far too long
It’s the only way to right this wrong
Say goodnight! 

From now on, when I look in the mirror
I’m going to see me
The real me
Not lost, not blue
But genuine, authentic, and true
Loved from the inside out
On that realness route
Reclaimed
And reframed
Like Fantasia, I’m finally back to me.EndFragment 

~ Buddah Desmond, From The Inside Out: A Poetry Collection (2020)