A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses
Inspired by the works of artists Hemler Mauricette, Jason Hunt and Renee Payne, New Student Experience Faculty Jennifer Tomlinson has partnered with the Bronze Kingdom — an African-inspired Orlando art gallery that celebrates African culture by displaying the works of artists like Hemler, Jason and Renee — to write and present poetry inspired by the Bronze Kingdom artists.
In total, she has written five poems inspired by the three artists, including the two poems below:
Untitled, Jennifer Tomlinson
Smile on little prince cause one day you’ll be a king
Ebony stunning and crowned with legacy
Their songs, you’ll have to sing
There’s a kingdom left un-inherited
It was always meant to be yours
A city built for non-physical inhabitants
Can you find that gates door?
Can you see the golden paved streets,
The roads where regality and purpose meet?
Can you see how deep your ebon grows?
Your royalty so rich with origins, that no one really knows
Smile on future king, you deserve to shine
Braided locs of brass, dripped in majesty
You come from a dignified bloodline
The universe is still left undiscovered
But the science is in your melanin
The earth recovered, you are our medicine
Can you feel that healing? It may be hard to grasp
But you will bring up nations, take the earth back from ash
Can you see the evidence?
The stars are in your eyes.
No one may have told you, but that’s where the cosmos lies.
Live on little brother because your journey has already begun
Take your seat on the thrown of songs still left unsung
Some of us are called to be growers, Jennifer Tomlinson
Some of us are called to be growers
Like a drop of water unto dry soil
Cultivating good intentions
Nourishing the potential
I want the best for you
Like a giving tree, you can have of me
My love, an offering
Can you taste and see the God in me?
So you can subsequently,
Grow and sow good
God has given us the gift to give
Living personifications of unconditional
You deserve it
Imperfect and all,
You can have it
The same way He loves and gives to us
Congratulations to Jennifer on penning these thoughtful pieces of poetry and thank you for sharing your work.