Blessed is the Free Spirit – A Kwansaba

Blessed is the Free Spirit

My only son stands tall and strong
and more like me than I know
Working hard for his own self esteem
The wealth of love’s labors is shared
I cherish his first gift to me
Furry rabbit’s foot that still brings luck
A little gypsy in his old soul


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Grace is hosting the final D'Verse Poets for this year.
The pub will reopen on January 3rd.
She has prompted us with the Kwansaba.

Kwansaba is an African American verse form of praise. The Kwansaba, (swahili kwan – first fruit / saba -principle) was created in 1995 by Eugene B Redmond, East St. Louis Poet Laureate and professor of English at Southern Illinois University-East St. Louis. The form was developed in honor of the celebration of Kwanzaa . The poetic form adopts the number 7 from Kwanzaa’s Nguzo Saba (7 principles) as well as embraces its roots in the South African tradition of the Praise Poem.

*Unity, family
*Self Determination
*Work Collectively
*Cooperative economics
*Purpose
*Creativity
*Faith

The defining features of Kwansaba are:

1.a celebration of family and African-American culture, a praise poem.
2.a septastich, a poem in 7 lines.  (To be clear, it is only 1 stanza).
3. measured by 7 words in each line.
4. written with no word exceeding 7 letters.

  33 comments for “Blessed is the Free Spirit – A Kwansaba

  1. December 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    How beautiful! What a lovingly written verse! Like mother, like son. 🥰🥰

    • Christine Bolton
      December 21, 2021 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you dear Punam. You are so sweet ☺️💕❤️

  2. sanaarizvi
    December 21, 2021 at 6:02 am

    Oh my heart this is so beautifully tender, Christine! Happy Holidays to you and yours 🙂 See you in 2022 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      December 21, 2021 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you dear Sanaa. I wish you happy holidays too. I hope the New Year brings you everything you desire. Warm wishes my friend ☺️💕

  3. December 19, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Love it… and having such a wonderful gift to bring you all the luck is amazing.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 19, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you! Yes most thoughtful gift ☺️💕

  4. December 19, 2021 at 1:21 am

    This is beautifully done, Christine. And this is an amazing form I’ll be sure to try. Hope you’ve been well. Don’t see you on the reader much these days, but then again, it might be me that’s off the reader too much. Anyway, just a little friendly missing. 💖💖🌼

    • Christine Bolton
      December 19, 2021 at 7:34 am

      Dear Jude, thank you my friend. 💕☺️. I have two new year resolutions so far. One is definitely to be on the reader a lot more in 2022. I also want to finish my book of poetry and publish. It was supposed to happen two years ago and life got in the way. The diversion gave me the opportunity to write a different style of poetry so maybe I wasn’t meant to do it then. Happy holidays Jude! Lovely to hear from you. ☺️❤️

      • December 24, 2021 at 10:55 pm

        Happy holidays Christine. May your dreams be blessed. 💜

      • Christine Bolton
        December 25, 2021 at 8:02 am

        Happy Holidays to you too Jude. Wishing you all the very best and a happy new year to you. Warm wishes ☺️💕

  5. December 17, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    What a lovely gift from your son. Spoken like a proud and happy mother.

    Wishing you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 11:41 pm

      Thank you Grace. You too! ☺️💕

  6. rajkkhoja
    December 17, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    I cut your site. I can read your biography. So nice share your family background & your experience. I like. I read some your written your blog. Beautiful written you.✍️ So important words use in poem. Beautiful written poem. Iam so happy.🙏

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you so much! ☺️

      • rajkkhoja
        December 18, 2021 at 3:52 am

        Most welcome ! 🙏

  7. December 17, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Christine — May the joy of the season fill your heart here at the closing if the year 2021, and may peace abide in 2022. This is a most difficult time for our planet earth, and a time of turmoil for its peoples. May 2022 begin the way back! ✌🏼❤️🌎

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 11:46 pm

      Dear Rob, thank you for your kind wishes. I send them back to you for the coming year. May you find better health and continue to write beautiful poetry which I enjoy so much. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year my friend ☺️💕

  8. December 17, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    May the joy of the season fill your heart here at the closing if the year 2021, and may peace abide in 2022. This is a most difficult time for our planet earth, and a time of turmoil for its peoples. May 2022 begin the way back! ✌🏼❤️🌎

  9. December 17, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Blessings to you both.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you so much. To you too! ☺️💕

  10. Helen L Dehner
    December 17, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Christine, your poem melted my heart.. a difficult form, you made it look easy. Happy Holidays!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you Helen! 🥰❤️

  11. December 17, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Delightfully written and illustrated, Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 9:30 am

      Thank you so much Lynn. ☺️💕

  12. December 17, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Christine,
    This is so lovely. Beautifully executed.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Thank you Regina. I loved learning about this form. It makes you really think before you write. Merry Christmas my friend ☺️💕🥰

  13. December 17, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Bless his beautiful soul. And bless you too. Merry Christmas, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 18, 2021 at 10:25 pm

      Selma, thank you! I found your lovely comment in my spam box just now 😦 Wishing you a Merry Christmas too. I hope you enjoy it. Warm wishes ☺️💕

  14. December 17, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I love this poem Christine. He sounds a wonderful man.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Thank you Sadje. Yes he is! ❤️

      • December 17, 2021 at 10:20 am

        🙏🏼💖

  15. December 16, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Ah, this is absolutely beautiful and touching. <3

    • Christine Bolton
      December 17, 2021 at 9:26 am

      Thank you Lucy. I am blessed to have such a wonderful son. He was always kind and thoughtful as a child and that rabbits foot made me giggle when I got it ☺️💕. I think he knew I needed luck.

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