My travels, My thoughts

Just yesterday I was in route to the train station on 86th street and Lexington Avenue.  I slowed down my pace a little bit in the hopes of seeing someone smoking.  I was hoping to get a light for my cigarette.  I don’t own a lighter because I don’t smoke often enough to have one.

Just as I got to the train station entrance I decided “Oh well, I’ll get a light when I get to the Bronx.”  Before I went down the first step I saw an older Caucasian woman buy a pack of Newport cigarettes from the news stand.  I went over to her and asked her for a light.  She said to me “I don’t know if I have a light.  I stopped smoking ten years ago.”  I scrunched up my eyebrows and said “Huh”.  Before I could ask she continued on.

“Yea, I started back smoking the day after the election.”  She searched her pockets, found a lighter and gave it to me.  I wish you could have seen the look on her face.

Wow, I thought to myself.  I lit my cigarette gave her back her lighter and wished her Peace and blessings.  I took my couple of puffs, tossed the rest of it and went on my merry way.

That conversation has stuck with me ever since we had it.  I have given it a lot of thought.  I’ve thought about everything concerning it, the campaigns, the election, the aftermath and everything else.

This is what I think:


The former president and first family represented from January 20th, 2009 – January 20th, 20017.  They served with style and grace.  They not only represented African Americans.  They were for the people, all of the people.

A great man (Martin Luther King Jr.) talked about a dream he had.  In that speech he talked about a check that was written in the constitution of the United States of America that was to all of the people of this great nation.  He said that we were coming to cash it, and we marched.


It was a long time in coming, but Barack, Michelle and the girls did just that and we were behind them.  They stood on the shoulders of so many that it’s too many for me to mention.  A glass ceiling was demolished, on that day in November of 2008.

A lot has been said about the campaigns, the election of 2016 and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.  I am going to address them individually.

Hillary Clinton has had a long and distinguished career in politics.  She has gotten more done than any other secretary of state that we have ever had male or female.hillary

In addition to that she has been a champion for women and women’s rights not only in the United States, but all over the world.  In a way her career echoed and illustrated the words for us all that were written by Maya Angelou in her poem “Phenomenal Woman” and she did that for all women.

If you ever have the time give a listen or a read to the speech that she gave in Beijing, China on September 5th, 1995.

As far as the campaigns and the election are concerned it is obvious to everyone that there were a lot of shenanigans that went on including lying, cheating, trickery, sabotage and interference.  Thank God for small favors, that it’s over and done with.

There are a man’s words that I listen to each and every time I have time.  One thing sticks t in my mind when I think of the campaigns and the election.  That is and I quote “When we look to the past we are placing blame.  When we look to the future we are taking responsibility.”  That is from Brian Tracy, Power of achievement.bryan-tracy

(If my apartment caught on fire that cassette series would be one of the things that I would risk my life to save, my cat would be on his own.  Just kidding I have no pets. lol)

Moving on, how a man who hated on everyone and everything got elected is crazy, even with everything that went on in the race for the presidency.  The nerve of some people, he is of German decent (his ancestral name is drumpf it was changed to trump when his ancestor freidrick drumpf moved to the United States.  He was ashamed of his German heritage, tried to play it off like he was American and changed his name to trump.  I’m no psychiatrist, but so much hatred for immigrants reeks of self-loathing.  It’s sad, he hates on everyone including himself.  And, like his ancestor he lies like a chain smoker smokes cigarettes, one after the other.  That being said, as far as donald trump is concerned I have to quote the title of one of my poems “The Devil Is A Liar”.  It’s on my fanstory page.

In looking to the future and not the past, donald, the world is watching you, as soon as you cross that line your run is OVER.  You will be impeached!  The election was just the appetizer.  As far as dinner is concerned You Are On The Menu.  We are all licking our lips.  You are nothing more than a taco with salsa on it!  You aren’t even worth a burp afterwards.

Finally, as far as the aftermath is concerned, yes I am addressing the violence and divide in the country.  Let us not follow that fool’s (donald) example.  Let us follow a higher level of consciousness. mayapic Again I quote Maya Angelou “Still I rise”.  Yes I/we will rise above it, together.

I don’t mean to burst any bubbles, but there is no one religion that is better than the rest.  There is no love between two consenting adults that is better than the other.  There is no race that is better than the rest of us.  There is no one country that has a monopoly over all others.

We all share this planet together.  I say that to say that what one country, person, politician, law enforcement agency etc. has an effect that at times will have aftershocks like a volcanic eruptions that can cause tremors throughout the entire world.  The 2016 election seemed to have the aftereffect of that of a tsunami of lunacy.

Look, I don’t have to share your beliefs.  You have your beliefs and I have mine.  I will not raise my hand against you because you believe differently or because you love differently or the color of your skin is not the same shade as mine.

Don’t blame me or anyone else for that matter because you are not happy with your life.  As my grandma Helena Henville always said to me “Your life is your red wagon, you can push it or pull it.”  When I got a little bit of life experience under my belt I understood what she meant.  My joy and my happiness is my responsibility.  You can’t give it to me and you sure as hell can’t take it away.

All I can talk about at this time is me and how I feel.  I keep my heart open. I keep my eyes open and when need be my mouth open to speak up in protest when I feel it necessary.  And though I will only raise my hand to strike you in self-defense I will (quickly and easily) raise my voice and a banner in protest of any travesty of justice or cause I see fit, and I will do so in a peaceful manner.

Today is a good day to raise my skills as an author and utilize what God gave me (the word).  You can read it or not, take it or leave it.  I wish peace and blessings to everyone and I hope that today is a good day for you too.

Ms. Petra Henville

Artist, Poet, Author, and Dreamer


~ by mspetrahenville on January 28, 2017.

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