I keep trying to tell people that I am capable of admitting when I’m wrong. Here’s me doing that. After having listened to Beyonce’s Lemonade about 3 more times, and having watched it at least 2 more times, I think I have to admit there is some benefit to it.
Do I think it is, as one author put it, a “masterpiece?”
No. For one thing, I still can’t get past how in “Don’t Hurt Yourself” she has that line that says “Who the f*ck do you think I is?”
But I can agree that it is opening the door to a really important discussion: Men’s infidelity.
Continue reading The Benefit of #Lemonade
Let’s talk about the hour plus long adventure that is Beyonce’s new visual album, Lemonade (I’m watching as I write, so if this post seems a bit bipolar, that’s why). In my opinion, it’s pretty amazing… in spots…
My problem is that it seems like it might be a waste of her talent. The poetry between songs/chapters is absolutely stunning and particularly deep, and yet it seems so very out of place next to images of Queen Bey driving a monster truck over cars she’s just destroyed, and it seems so petty once you realize that this is an entire album putting her business out there for the world to realize that she was indeed cheated on by Jay-Z.
Furthermore, lines like “I plugged my menses with pages from the holy book,” don’t belong in the same universe as a line like “Who the f*ck you think I is?”
Of course, maybe that’s because Beyonce didn’t write the poetry… Continue reading Wasted Lemons: Reflections on Lemonade
I feel your pain in your words
the words you throw at me from a distance
I cannot reach you through the miles
and the years
A younger version of
remembers a time
we could have had
we had known each other
at the same season of our lives. Continue reading Insurmountable Distance (Original Poem)
In the next couple of weeks or so, you should start to notice some slight changes to things here at #JustAddTea. As I said this weekend, I’m realizing that I’m not 100% happy with my life, and I want to fix that.
This blog is one of the things that makes me very happy, and with the summer coming up, I can start to do some serious work with it to make it really want I think it can be.
Obviously, I’m not one of those people who can focus on just one thing. Though, in true Aspie fashion, I get fixated, there are a handful of interests that I sort of cycle through.
As in, while it would be nice for me to say this is just a relationship blog, or just a blog about creative writing, that’s never going to be a thing that I can do. There are several things that are very important to me, and in order to make this blog do what I need it to do, I have to focus on all of them. Continue reading Changes coming…
This poem is by request of one of my students, who asked I write about hate…
Continue reading Hatred Consumes (Original Poem)