Cold and bitter, setting off all kinds of triggers, hearts cold inside just like the winter. Would you be my valentine…would you be mine or not, where your heart once stood, x marks the spot.

Shorter days, longer nights, having senseless fights, saying things to each other, whether it’s wrong or whether it’s right…feelings get hurt and now everyone’s tight.

As the grass grows green outside and everyone’s put away their pride, now comes the time for second chances, the birth of new romances, giving past issues…second glances.

Is it possible to let things grow or continue to watch people come and go…in all honesty, I just don’t know…most are able…to just go with the flow.

The desire for peace and tranquility rises just like the humidity… expectations packed up in picnic baskets, red rockets red glare, firecrackers create all kinds of racket.

Long walks along the beach, swapping “battle” stories of love wars once fought, white flags raised in submission but what has it taught?

“All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray”, it’s my hope that we find compromise…for this daily I pray. Are you full of tricks or treats, don’t need the deceit…thankful for a turkey but feeling incomplete.

Ho, ho, ho, let it snow, let it snow, out in these streets, where’s the first place we’ll go. Forgot the reason for the season as you’re standing in line, in this case, Black is good, not the race, the bottom line.

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C.K. McGhee is a woman of faith who believes in nurturing her spiritual relationship with God in order to be her best and to give her best. She hails from New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, which is just north of New York City. Having been diagnosed with Major Depressive and Anxiety Disorder twenty years ago, she is concerned with bringing awareness to the Mental Health crisis in America; specifically focused on The African-American community. She believes that not only are her struggles with mental health a testimony for someone else who may be struggling but that it’s the very foundation for her advocacy platform; to inspire, motivate and inform others that there is life despite mental health challenges. Her signature phrase, “Here’s to brighter days”, maintains a steadfast hope that all of the voices that have been silenced by stigma, will be supported to speak their truth, knowing and understanding the value of their lives; walking in purpose towards their brighter days!

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