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My Lifeline



***excerpt from the book Peek A Boo: My Thoughts, My Life, My Soul by Ra'Mone Marquis coming soon on March 8, 2023***


I celebrate the arts because my livelihood tells me that I have no choice 

It is the arts that healed me 

An unclear vision was written and made plan 

From rocky roads to swimming seas and climbing mountains 

It is the arts that raised me 

It is the arts that continue to sustain me 

Rather the poetry of Proverbs 

Or the hymns of olden days 

The arts have given me strength, faith, and ever-growing peace 

The arts? A privilege to humbly celebrate 

It’s the boom like an 808 

An emphatic 8 count 

Fiya 16 bars 

Glass shattering high notes 

Or the efficient flows creating breathtaking heaven on a blank canvas 

I relish in the artistic tap of Savion Glover and Gregory Hines 

Their strength and infectious presence; uplifted a world of souls undeniable to any color barrier 

I was a young boy the first time I heard Ella Fitzgerald 

Her syncopated staccato melodies gave me joy while her soul elevated me 

When Sammy Davis Jr. transferred into Bojangles 

My eyes were at attention 

From soul to soul 

I saw a creation of God  

Moving as if the audience was his disciples, the stage was his sea; he moved effortlessly as if he walked on water 

It’s the boom like an 808 

An emphatic 8 count 

Fiya 16 bars 

Glass shattering high notes 

Or the efficient flows creating breathtaking heaven on a blank canvas 

I celebrate art and its diversity 

Poetic lyrics of Tupac opened my horizons to truth…to a world other than my own - yet relatable 

Rather I Rocked This Way with Run DMC 

Pushed It with Salt N Pepa 

Understood a Hard Knock Life through Jay Z 

Or learned some Country Grammar from Nelly 

Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye taught me about getting me some Sexual Healing so I could experience a Love TKO 

When Anita Baker taught me about Sweet Love she soothed my soul like milk and honey 

Chills…enchantment…in awe was what I felt  

When Whitney went from telling me who she wanted to dance with to who she was saving all her love for 

From her telling me why I needed to Exhale to her telling me who she turns to when the melody fades 

From the cotton fields through Jim Crow…to a country led by Trump 

I celebrate the arts of the gospel 

Kirk Franklin spoke to my future when I learned that there was Something About That Name Jesus 

Shirley Ceasar helped me to remember that I’m Next In Line For A Miracle  

When depression visited me and anger seduced me 

When loneliness crowded me and darkness blinded me 

I was reminded of where the Center of My Joy existed 

And when I neglected myself, disappointed God, and ignored that still small voice 

I was re-assured that I may fall down but I can always get back up 

You see I celebrate the arts not because of its existence but because of its power 

Because of its cause and effect 

You see….. 

If it wasn’t for the arts I probably would’ve taken more pills that day… 

Yep that’s bout right 

If it wasn’t for the arts I probably would’ve walked around that corner that night 

If it wasn’t for the arts I probably would’ve signed my name on that document 

Or got in that car and sat right in that back see right behind the driver 

If it wasn’t for the arts I wouldn’t have accepted the love or the help 

‘Cause Lord knows I don’t trust most people 

Like the prodigal son – it brought myself back to where I belonged 

If it wasn’t for the arts I wouldn’t have peace and confidence unlike ever before 

There’s a joy and happiness that I just can’t explain 

It was the arts that put my eyes back on the prize 

The arts… had re-introduced me to me 

It’s the boom like an 808 

An emphatic 8 count 

Fiya 16 bars 

Glass shattering high notes 

Or the efficient flows creating breathtaking heaven on a blank canvas 

I celebrate the arts because it helped me appreciate and respect the man in the mirror 

So rather I want To Be Real 

Set it off  

Remember that it’s just like Candy 

Be drunk in love 

Stay away from the cleanup woman 

Or be feenin’ like Jodeci 

I celebrate the arts because without it…. 

I Never Would’ve Made It! 

 ~Dedicated to the Melbourne/Palm Bay

Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.




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