Jennifer Tomlinson Celebrates African Culture Through Poetry

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
To bless

Can you taste and see the God in me?
So you can subsequently,
Grow and sow good
In others

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.


  • Angela Blewitt said:

    Professor Tomlinson is amazing, as always! Love you, Jennifer!!!

    PMFri, 10 May 2019 13:25:32 +0000Fri, 10 May 2019 13:25:32 +0000pm19,1:25 pm

  • Claudine Tomlinson-Burney said:

    Very inspiring! I’m so proud of you, Jennifer! 🙂

    PMFri, 10 May 2019 21:56:52 +0000Fri, 10 May 2019 21:56:52 +0000pm19,9:56 pm

  • LaVonda said:

    Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your gift with all of us!

    PMTue, 14 May 2019 13:37:08 +0000Tue, 14 May 2019 13:37:08 +0000pm19,1:37 pm

  • Anonymous said:

    Thank you Jennifer for sharing your private thoughts publicly in the Art of Poetry. Very inspirational and encouraging. Continue sharing this gift.

    PMWed, 15 May 2019 18:09:08 +0000Wed, 15 May 2019 18:09:08 +0000pm19,6:09 pm

  • Petal said:

    This is awesome Jennifer. You are truly an Artist, indeed!!
    Thanks for sharing.


    PMFri, 24 May 2019 13:08:28 +0000Fri, 24 May 2019 13:08:28 +0000pm19,1:08 pm

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