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Goodbye Former Mayor Thomas Menino and Thank You for Your Service by Felina Silver Robinson

Today we lost a great man. Many have said that the service that Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino has done for the city of Boston is unmatched.  I was born in Boston in 1963. I only lived there for the first three years of my life. I was obviously too young to know what being a Mayor for a city as big as Boston meant. Through the years as I grew up in Brookline, Boston’s next door neighbor, I was able to see how things operated. Politics isn’t as easy as many would like to think it is.  There are so many people to watch over, some in very different ways than others. You make choices that you don’t always agree with and don’t necessarily have the control to handle each situation as you thought you would or in the way that you would like to. When the day ends, your time is still not your own. When you lay down at night, you’re still on the clock. Your life belongs to all voters not just the ones that voted for you. Their needs are your problem.

It is well-known that Tom Menino had an amazing ability to make everyone he met feel like they were his extended family. The color of your skin was undetected. Your dialect didn’t direct his decision to help you. It was in his nature to extend his hand to anyone that needed it. Although I never had the pleasure or the honor to meet him, I can honestly say he is one man who I will always have the highest regard for. It takes a special person to be able to see the good in each person no matter what others might have said about them. He walked the streets that others weren’t willing to walk, He tackled the problems that others wouldn’t touch. The streets of Boston are safer and cleaner because of him.

I sure hope that someone intends on continuing to uphold the many parts of his legacy that the needy have come to depend on like the November dinners for Rosie’s Place.

I wish his family strength in their time of need. Being loved by so many will offer them all the support they could ever hope for. My heart goes out to all of them. May his spirit fly free and strong high amid the heavens and the angels.


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Oscar De La Renta Dead: Fashion

Sad but true…

10/19/2014 — 2 Comments

American Idol’ alum Joanne Borgella dies at 32

Singer and model <a href=''>Joanne Borgella</a>, an "American Idol" contestant in 2008, died on Saturday, October 18, at age 32 after a battle with cancer, according to her family.

Please Don’t Turn Your Back On Me© by Felina Silver Robinson

I know you thought you knew me well
You never thought you would see the day
The day when you would be picking me up off the floor
But it’s not because of what you think
I’m not a user or abuser of any drug
I’m not a prisoner of any alcoholic drink
I’m simply sick from chemo that I started last week
I was too proud to ask for help
I was too proud to need someone
But you found me here weak and crying
Hovering over my insides poured out
I never saw any of this coming
It hit me like a ton of bricks
My hair falls out clump by clump
Some days I’m whiter than a ghost
Other days I’m bright and Rosie
My stomach is usually on strike
Because it doesn’t want to eat
I thought I could hide all that I’m suffering through
I thought you would never have to seem this way
Now that you know the truth
Please don’t turn your back on me

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What I know© by Felina Silver Robinson

The lights are down low
You sit watching me through the glow of the moon and the stars
I dare wonder the thoughts that pass through your mind
What I do know is what I see
I watch your eyes swell with feelings of love
Your body reacts to what it’s thinking about
We find ourselves entwined within the jungle of love
No one can see us
We are hidden from sight to our delight
Free to do as we please
Without prying eyes
Or the worry of judgement day on our agenda
What I do know is that this night will never be forgotten

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Sunset© by Felina Silver Robinson

Amber rays burn through the afternoon sky
The baby blue sky appears to be on fire
As the amber rays stretch across the crystal blue canvas
A gray smokey mist stomps across the sunset
Defusing the amber fire
I sit in my car so entranced by the view
There is a line of traffic backed up behind me
But no one is angry because everyone is enjoying the same view
Sunsets are our stolen moments of peace and tranquility

Note to my new readers: About my “Poem Bursts” – I give myself 30 seconds to one minute, and then write what comes to mind. This is a fun writing exercise I give myself to come up with something different from what I might usually write. I hope you enjoy the outcome.

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