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When I was in High School, I wrote the name of ten literates whom I thought were the best writers in memory. I lumped every genre of writing together, including music, in hopes of creating this Top ten list. I had to consider the time period and the difficulty of emerging in such a time. I had to consider how difficult it would be to replace such a writer. For some, the price of writing was insanity, prison or an early demise. I wont reveal my whole list, but I can say that Shakespeare and Tupac Shakur were in my top five. How weird is that? Well my lifes aspiration was to be in my own top ten for a complete body of work in a lifetime. So I went to work. Spent many years in lonely silence, concentrating on styles, audience and effectiveness...After five years, I was in my own top ten list. My opinion only of course. I can write in ten different Genres, perhaps my strangest accomplishment: Journalism, Script writing, Play writing, Poetry, Novel, Children's stories, Jazz, Blues, Short Stories. And I'm very versed in Rap.
Quote I leave you with: "If people call you Great on Monday, they'll call you arrogant on Tuesday and you'll be an idiot by Wednesday." Smile. I wrote it.
Correne Johnson is 17, not attractive, illiterate and struggles with obesity, weighing nearly 300 pounds. She has been raped over 100 times by Josh, her Aunts Fiance. Her only solace is the Oprah Winfrey show. She begins to write Oprah for an answer to her problem. Will the talk show queen help her?
Josh say the last time I was pretty, I was still sperm in my Daddy dick. Sometime those insult stay with me. Feel no different than a kick. He say, Correne, you been ugly since you first met oxygen. I wouldn’t call you pretty if they pay me Bill Gate money. I never think his jokes funny. He call me fat pig so many times, I start to call myself that and he like to make fun of my weight and bad health.
It seem like everything go wrong with Josh is my fault. Yisterday at breakfist, he say, Did I ask for salt with eggs or eggs with salt? I take my finger and wipe the salt off. He say, stupid, the toast too soft. I cook the toast harder. He say, Correne, something wrong with the water.
Josh get mad, throw the whole plate in the trash. He say, Correne fix it again! Good thing for Josh, Reverend tell me not to be led into sin.
In three year, Oprah I never seen one day pass when Josh didn’t act mean. Sometime I think I’m his slave. I do my best to keep his clothes clean. He got more suit and hats than any man I know. And if they not hung up right, he get mean.
-Sinceerly Correne Johnson
Excerpt from Daddy's Little Girl
Pretty as Prom
All she ever wanted was
a chance to dream
Still haunted by her
High School Graduation
Mama says, "I'm proud
Your educations gonna
She looks into the back of the crowd
And sees her Daddy who is just as proud.
And as the tassel fell
from the air
She recalled the secret
they all shared.
The night he ruined her
The night she wasn't Daddy's Little Girl.
-Michael Ellis (From the song Daddy's Little Girl)
A Therapist would Charge $1,000 Dollars For This advice.
I'm going to give it out for free.
There are those of us
who have all the pieces and just
don't know where the
hell to put them. And there are
those of us who lost
most of their pieces and don't
know where the hell to find them.
(If you are missing more than 10% of your pieces
or just can't figure out where the pieces go, please seek help)
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