Open Your Eyes and Listen Life Lessons Learned
Three of the most difficult things to learn on this journey from cradle to grave is learning love yourself with all of your faults, learning to forgive yourself when you screw up or hurt others without just cause and learning that forgiveness is love being renewed.
While they are concepts that I struggle with everyday, they are also ideals that have kept me focused during some of the most difficult periods of my life. Memorable periods that lead to my revising Open Your Eyes and Listen and publish it again as two books in one with the second book being titled REDEMPTION.
By visiting those principles through the poems contained in this collection, I hope, you will pay closer attention to your family relationships, some of the issues that challenge our society, examine more closely your spirituality and remember that love blanketed with forgiveness is the only way we can find our home if we get lost on life’s highway.
Alfred Harrell, Author: Open Your Eyes and Listen/REDEMPTION
Alfred Harrell was reared in the eastern North Carolina town of Belhaven where at John A. Wilkinson High School he penned his first poem “I Am” in George Wahab his high school English teacher’s class. Over the years he wrote occasionally as a coping mechanism for the issues of his life. In 2007 he started publishing some of his poems and comments about life as he perceives it on his first blog The Power Of Words and Black Men Making A Difference which he eventually combined into his current blog Verbal Xpression verbalxpression.blogspot.com. He now resides in Greensboro, NC where he is the Organizer of a very progressive poetry meetup group Triad Poetry Meetup meetup.com/triadpoetry dedicated to encouraging, educating, empowering and entertaining residents of the Piedmont Triad.