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In a round table discussion about whether
reincarnation was really possible,
a financially struggling single woman said,
" I want to come back as a rich white
woman's poodle that's pampered and rides
around all day in her luxury car."

A tired waitress said, " I want to
come back rich and make a lot
of money and be a mega super
recording star."

The frustrated computer tech said,
"If I can come back, I want to
be the President, so I can change
a lot of things about this world
near and far."

I sat and thought about it.
I said, "I don't know if
it's possible , but if I can...

Lord, please let me come back

I want to come back with a mind
so fierce and sharp, with a
spiritual faith that never waivers
or doubts, a smile that is
warm, with a body divine,
with honey,cinnamon or
chocolate skin draped in purple
and gold...and whether young or old....
always have enough money...
so the words "broke", "layaway",
"overdue", or "post dated check"
aren't in MY vocabulary.

I want to be a sister
to my sister. A woman wise when choosing
my mate or a date. I want to be able to cook greens,
macaroni and cheese,cornbread,
a peach cobbler and a lemon
pound cake all at the same time.

I want to come back a BLACK WOMAN
with self-esteem worthy of being
treated like a Queen from my King.

A woman with patience, love
and wisdom for children.
A BLACK WOMAN with subscriptions
to Essence, Jet, Ebony, Emerge,
Black Enterprise, Heart and Soul
and the Wall Street Journal.

I want to come back a BLACK WOMAN
with at least one great diamond
from the Motherland on my finger.

I want to come back with the quiet
courage of Rosa Parks, the voice
of Ella Fitzgerald, the political
courage of Ida B.Wells, the
determination of Harriet Tubman,
the spriitual poise of Susan L.Taylor,
the business savvy of Oprah Winfrey,
the eloquence of Dr.Maya Angelo
and best-seller books like
Terri McMillian and Iyanla Vanzant.

If reincarnation is real, please
let me come back as a BLACK WOMAN !!

Smooth as Satin!!!!

In the beginning

Me at Ebenezer AME Annual Womans Day Retreat 1998

Me throwing down on some Crabs..(bib and all)

The Regal women of Rejoice choir (Ebenezer AME Church)

Me on my way to the 1998 Annual FWAC Scholarship Ball

Me in Paris Feb 1997

We WE Paris

Me at the Kappa Psi Boatride 1998

1 Lieutenant Michelle Simmons, U. S. Army Reserves

Me stationed in Germany Feb. 1997