Poetry Archive

Give us this day

Give us this day our daily bread
Eternally fed in wombs
Entombed in holy rooms
Where ovum in oven rise
With the breath of life
And genetic keys are recipes
To what we be

Give us this day our daily bread
Words authored by mother tongues wed
Beams of light
Flight of ships
Holy waters seas-of-men
Sail and swim ashore and
Bring forth trees of life

Give us this day our daily bread
Posterity for heredity said
Give light for lives
For blood in bone made wise
Toned by life
Fed eyes and ears
To hear and fear no one
Eat for strength everyday
Earth water winds and sun and

Give us this day our daily bread
We carry the sacred bowls and are fed
The rain bows be us
The breath of life seize us
And gives us this day
Our daily bread

Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed us ‘til we want no more!

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Tureeda ‘Ture Ade’ Mikell, Story Medicine Woman, award winning poet published nationally and internationally, Qigong healer, workshop leader, storyteller, lyricist, performance artist, astrologer, and Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultant Fellow, ’96; is an activist for holism. She has published over 70, CA Poets in the Schools student anthologies since 1989 throughout 5 Bay Area school districts, and perform storytelling in schools, libraries, and universities, public and private events including the National Association of Black Storytellers, Lawrence Hall and Golden Gate Academy of Sciences, MoAD, Museum of the African Diaspora, Randall and Oakland Museums, and was featured poet/storyteller for The Black Panther’s 50th Anniversary, Octavia Butler’s 70th Birthday, and an Eth-Noh-Tec Nu Wa delegate as poet/storyteller in Beijing, China in collaboration with the University of Beijing in 2018. And most recent performance was for the  deYoung Museum’s Soul of a Nation, February 2020. Her book, ‘Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine’, was published by Nomadic Press in February 2020.