Silence Broken…

with gratitude, compassion is my attitude,
donations, support, confirmation – I’m totally doing my part
Focus, surrender, love, God-given, tender,
Like a mothers’ unconditional heart, my desire to empower
survivors has always been real – wisdom I must impart

God’s putting me to the test with uneasy task, humbling myself,
to simply make that ask, God turning it over and over into an
abundance, overflowing with love, support,
happy darts from you, straight to my heart –

All because, I’ve found and I see the discipline of being
intentional with you and me, to ask from the start, the works
of the Lord, they all supplement my heart through your hands

I give all thanks of abundance to the great I AM
I decree, I declare an abundance in this atmosphere
Go Fund Me you see and pour out support for this
violence afflicted community

For healing, God, I think you, for awareness and clarity
no longer blind to a cause the entire world must see
because violence holds consequence and I’m here to come
to the support the survivors defense

Empowered against the silence, each woman stepping away
from and past domestic violence and into the light of
their brilliant abundance.

Blameless they are not, for you this I’ve fought, tearing
down cultures os hame, I walk with you and I want to know
your name, because violence cannot be forgotten, nor silence,
nor watered down, she has a name and this victim, you shall
not blame.

Support my efforts to attend #theblackupstart2k15 bootcamp and product development and production cost! I’m healing survivors and changing the culture of shame attached to violence.

What I’ve been up to….

Hello everyone,

It’s been quite some time since I’ve sat down and posted any poetry.  There’s a reason why, I’ve been busy working hard on my non-profit!  I’ve just launched a fundraising campaign that you can read about below.  I’m really excited about the path God currently has me on and I would love your support.  You can support by sharing this with your networks (share via FB, Twitter, or even your own blog) or by making a contribution.  The only way this work can be done is by the support of the community — I hope I can count on your support of a #repost and/or contribution.

STAY TUNED FOR SOME POETRY PIECES I’VE BEEN WORKING ON!!!

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The Black upStart Bookcamp Fundraising Campaign!

1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence at some point during their lifetime. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.  In the African American community, those statistics are grave at 1 out of 3 women.  Due to these statistics and those within my own family I have dedicated more than 10 years of my life’s work to advocacy in crisis intervention and being a change agent for rape culture in America.  I am Corinn Marquis , Founder, and CEO of Brilliant Abundance.

I know my personal story as an indirect survivor to my mother and my passion for advocacy post-crisis intervention that I was destined to found Brilliant Abundance, a personal development, and spiritual wholeness non-profit targeting women, identifying as indirect (secondary) and direct (primary) survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and/or child abuse. Survivors of violence are much more likely to be affected by depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism,  drug abuse, and suicide. Nationally and locally there are several programs targeting direct survivors in crisis, but it’s much harder to find resources for continued healing and growth, especially for those secondarily affected.  This is where Brilliant Abundance comes in! As I endured the process of my own healing, I came to understand that there is a great need for advocacy post-crisis intervention for not just women primarily affected, but those who are also secondarily affected.
 
Help Me Break Another Glass Ceiling – with TUITION ASSISTANCE!

Out of nearly 100 applicants, I was selected along with 20 African-American entrepreneurs to join the Black upStart Bootcamp! The BootCamp trains African-American entrepreneurs to start successful and profitable businesses, with an emphasis on product development. As many of you know, I successfully completed a program on Entrepreneur Success Training that allowed me to finalize a business plan and begin visual branding for Brilliant Abundance  — a non-profit focusing on personal development and spiritual wholeness for women who identify as indirect (secondary) and direct (primary) survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and/or child abuse, post-crisis intervention services.

Through enrollment of this Bootcamp, I will be able to take Brilliant Abundance to its next phase, which is product development.  As an avid believer in self-accountability and growth, I am constantly working to improve my skills and the foundation of my business knowledge; when I learned about the Black upStart Bootcamp, I knew it was the next step in advancing my business acumen as an African-American woman entrepreneur and in growing Brilliant Abundance. This Bootcamp hasn’t even started yet and I’ve already begun the fundraising training!  Believe me, fundraising is a hard task for most and I’m grateful to pick up tips to enhance my skills and success rate in building capital.  At the completion of this Bootcamp, I will be trained in how to brainstorm a viable business idea, build a product, test the product, and create a plan to sell that product for profit.

This Bootcamp will allow me to create a great product for program participants, identifying as indirect and direct survivors, which will allow these women to enhance their personal development skills, heal from past pain, move away from the trauma and pain caused by violence, and into a joyful life of Brilliant Abundance.

Here is my goal: Get 12 People to Donate $25 (or more before Bootcamp begins on November 12, 2015)

In my search for programs that cater to the needs of women and/or African-Americans, I’ve not seen anything as beneficial as the Black upStart Bootcamp . Previous to finding this Bootcamp, I successfully created a stellar business plan that includes the curation of a workbook to supplement a workshop series, a healing miracle journal, and an inspirational planner that will aid program participants in maximizing their personal development and healing to become whole through an Entrepreneur Fellowship with Empowered Women International.

Where I’ve found myself in need of additional training is with product development — and that is where the Black upStart Bootcamp becomes the perfect resource and solution to getting Brilliant Abundance closer to its official program launch. I am excited to build awareness and strategize to move past barriers that affect African-American entrepreneurs when starting a business and raising capital — the Black upStart Bootcamp is not only going to take my training and skills to the next level, but it’s going to push Brilliant Abundance closer to its program launch and busy with the work of healing survivors of shame, post-crisis intervention services!

The Impact: You Become a Supporter of Brilliant Abundance (ME too!) and Assist in Making a Courageous Black Woman a Successful Entrepreneur

Please consider contributing to cover the cost of my tuition! Thank you so very much for believing in me!  Any dollar raised over $300 will go towards product development expenses for Brilliant Abundance!

Thank you for considering to offer your support and #b_abundant

Reaching and even surpassing this goal will have me over the moon excited for the potential progress that can be made in getting Brilliant Abundance programming launched and starting the process of helping survivors move past shame and into their Brilliant Abundance — healed, whole, and complete.

Support my efforts to attend #theblackupstart2k15 bootcamp and product development and production cost! I’m healing survivors and changing the culture of shame attached to violence.

¡pWrite…destiny awaits

Purple pWrite

What’s going on bloggers, readers and persons who just happen to stumble by…Welcome to Peach Pit Propaganda and I suppose welcome to the pieces of my life that I decide to share through this web venue. It’s been so long since I’ve checked in…I mean I haven’t had a pWrite since June! Yikes!!! But rest assured since then things have been going amazingly well in my life. No major milestones have been hit yet but the planning for such major mile stones are definitely underway. Well maybe it’s not entirely accurate for me to say that no major milestones have been achieved because that wouldn’t be entirely true. I’m taking the necessary steps to advance my life down the path that God has always destined me to be on.

Through tons of planning and restructuring of my vision boards (yes I have more than 1) I am able to see things start to align in ways that I hadn’t even imagined. So I guess I’m going to briefly go into testimony mode with y’all. God is working in my life and I’m working to get my life lined up—completely with Gods will and not just my desires. The end of November I started working again and at that time I hadn’t even been looking for a job. But I get a call from an agency that I had previously signed on with to look for work a couple of years ago and the opportunity they presented to me was one that would definitely be up my alley and look great on my resume! When I started the pay was decent and after my
initial 4 week contract ended God blessed me with a renewed contract (long term) at a way better pay rate!

Now for most of the time that I’ve been in my graduate studies program I have not worked and adjusting to live the life of a less financially bless student was an adjustment but since I had already made the adjustment it has been easy for me to save funds (now that I’m working) and handle business that will prove to make my future more stable and better equipped to flourish fluidly.

I’m excited and I hope to share more details with you all as things continue to unfold—I’m waiting on decisions from a few people for a few things and can’t wait to share good news and jump into the new chapters that come with those plans.

¡pWrite…fulfilled…enlightened.

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted a pWrite…so welcome to my update. Things are going phenomenally well in my life. I am so blessed and give all honor and praise to God who is the head of my life! Hopefully, I can soon motivate myself to starting posting poems more frequently and getting back involved with the Jingle poetry community (I MISS YOU ALL!!! And YOUR POEMS!!!). I’m doing very well in grad school and I now have just over a year under my belt!!! YAY!!!! Beyond that after applying and interviewing for a few opportunities I am happy to share that this summer I will be working two paid internships—which is awesome in itself because paid internships are hard to come by. I’m so happy to be an advocate and volunteer at a Rape crisis center and I’m truly feeling fulfilled in many of my purposes in this life…I’m doing Gods’ work and excited and convicted to be doing so…I’m keeping it short as I’m actually at a coffee shop studying right now…but I needed a temporary break LOL…enjoy the week my friends!!!

¡pWrite…Thanksgiving

Today is a day where everyone across the nation (hopefully) gives thanks for all of the good and bad that has occurred in their lives—or maybe just thanks because their family gets to have a hot meal when they would otherwise lack. Today I give thanks for all of the great that God is doing in my life. Today I give thanks for the strength and courage to make change in my life. Today I give thanks that I get to travel home for christmas to be with my friends and family. Today I give thanks for Sonya Renee and her R.U.H.C.U.S. movement.

Today I give thanks with a grateful heart for God has been blessing me continually. I’ve accomplished so much this year and there is more to accomplish before the year ends. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, happiness and hope God Bless you all.

¡pWrite…Blessed.

It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted a pwrite. Heck it’s been just as long since I’ve consistently posted any poetry. I’ve been busy with school and on this RUHCUS Journey which has been so amazing and on time for my spirit. I serve an awesome God and my God is ALWAYS on time with what/who I need in my life. Or for that matter what/who I don’t need in my life. And what I don’t need is the burdened feelings I have and had been carrying around for decades because I didn’t know what to do with them–so it’s amazing to get the opportunity to FREE myself and heal. For those of you who may be like what is a R.U.H.C.U.S. it’s a movement. It stands for Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 US. It’s part of the Body is Not An Apology Movement–a movement founded by Poet Activist Sonya Renee. This woman has a calling on her spirit and she is fulfilling her destiny on God’s terms. Anyhow, “Christmas break” is approaching and I plan to have a long and delightful break so hopefully I will be able to re-center and focus in my poetry craft.

FREE

I would be free from the tears I sob
I would be free of the shame I built
So deep inside –I would let
Go and be FREE from the concept
That my mother did not want me,
FREE from the thought that my mother
Was able to lie to me, so ea-si-ly, because
Clearly she was not able to love me –ENOUGH—
But with understanding all my
Tears have shed and dried away,
The burden and pain from carrying
Heavy choices, never my choices to make
Burden now bared, freed from weights
Pinning my shoulders to a hunch
While constantly pinching at my heart
FREE
FREE
FREE these burdens, no loner with me
I’m FREE

¡pWrite…yogi?

I’m once again in the library on my grind. I’m taking a short break so I decided to write. This will be short and sweet 🙂 I’m gaining much momentum in this thing called life as I make plans, execute them and remove them from my list of things to do. I have been going to yoga courtesy of this living social deal that was 15 classes for $15 and when I first started going can I say it was like death trying to get those dang poses and stretches and now I’m getting better and stronger! I might just be ready to venture off on my own once I’m finished with the classes from the deal. Today I was in there sweating my life away asking myself if it was due to the fact that an hour before I had some coffee…either way after yoga is over the stress is always gone from my shoulders–which is wear I hold stress…I’ve not had any true motivation to write any poetry but hopefully the motivation will come back…it’s hard for me to write and channel my emotions to write when my life feels at peace.

Peace & Blessing

Let the R.U.H.C.U.S Begin

I’m very excited about the experiences of the day.  I learned a wealth of information —about myself.  I’m not sure if any of you are familiar with Sonya Renee—she’s an awesome spoken word activist.  She’s started a movement called…RUHCUS=Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge for US.  [When you have a moment check out her youtube.com channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/soniekisses She has a pretty amazing testimony and a true talent for the craft [poetry], I got the opportunity to hear her perform and speak about the RUHCUS movement and I have to admit that I am beyond moved and inspired to help others feel inspired.  I plan to start my own RUHCUS, which, is very scary…I won’t be posting the videos on this blog I will be posting them on Peach Pit Pieces on tumblr & my youtube channel Peach Pit. –It’s amazing how when you don’t listen to God speaking to you [because you’re not ready to hear the message] that somehow you end up doing exactly what was laid on your spirit to do—but wouldn’t allow yourself any chance to do it.  That was me—knowing God had given me an amazing testimony and feeling like why should I share my story…that type of vulnerability is never something I allow myself to tap into, certainly for my own selfish reasons.  Then I didn’t know how to completely heal but after today I see that I am ready and it’s time to help others use their voice.

You can also find more about RUHCUS on FB…just search it will come up…(tho you may have to be added to the group).

PLEASE NOTE that I wrote this on 09.24.2011 (just late to post it)

¡pWrite…Welcome Home

I’m so tired right now…my allergies have been kicking my but since Oct. 1…thank goodness it wasn’t on my birthday that I was feeling like this–I wonder if I have an allergy cold.  If I wasn’t sure before I am definitely sure now that I am full throttle in the the 5th cycle of 7…let me repeat that just in case you missed it…I’m in the 5th cycle of 7 [Devine Interventions 7:11].  It’s an amazing new cycle and I’m learning to be more “obedient” in the sense of being disciplined and aware of God’s presence in and through my life.  Tonight I went to CAYA–which is a young adults celebration (church service) for ages 18-40 years old and it only happens once a month.  The visiting reverend tonight was amazing!  I messed around and joined the church!  (welcome HOME to me)–that’s how awesome this man of God was…he preached about David and Goliath but that wasn’t the start of it…we started in 1 Samuel 16 where the story talks about David being anointed and then going back to the field. The overal message was around us being obedient to God and recognizing that our opportunities in God are often masqueraded in opposition/adversity.  It’s so real if you think about it…when do you learn the most? When your faith is being tested, right? RIGHT! Anyway I’m going to take my tail to sleep…my next pWrite will be about R.U.H.C.U.S (Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 US)…until my next journey begins peace and blessing upon you all.

Love…Ms. Peaches

¡pWrite…blessings

All praises to God! I am so blessed. Sometimes we lose sight of our blessings –I mean the simple blessings–like being able to see, being able to speak, being able to chew, to think…clearly that list can go on and on and on. I am a master piece in progress and when God is done with me the entire world will be able to see the art that is me. I am in love with all of the new opportunities that I am able to experience and one day I’ll be in love with more than just experiences (wink). Today started term 3 of grad school and I’m still very excited as I take this journey head on. This term I will have to be on a more clearly defined study schedule than last term because this professor does not have a grace period like the last professor did–which is probably not a good idea. I found that knowing I had an extra 2-3 days to get an assignment in I generally took advantage of those extra days. The new professor has awesome credentials and I hope those credentials prove her to be an awesome “teacher.” As my adventures continue I hope to get to attend many more conferences on progressive activism it’s a new learn experience and amazing networking opportunity…and yay for the National Counsel of Negro Women’s 1st Annual Health Summit…I hope to learn a lot at this event.

¡pWrite…Internship

 

 

 

 

 

Today I sit in Starbucks –it’s freezing in here–preparing my cover letters for the internships that I’d like to apply for–most of them seem to be in public relations but some are in some type of advocacy which would prove to be a great experience for me if I am able to obtain one…My only hope is that at this point is that if I am to find an internship and it’s unpaid they decide to give me some kind of stipend anyway–[FAVOR!!!]. I would like to say that I’m nervous about this but really–there’s nothing to be nervous about LOL…well my cover letters maybe as I’ve never needed one before so I’ve not ever had one…but I think mine is adequate at worst…LOL.  None-the-less I’m excited for new experiences and life advancement in knowledge and skill.  I’m ending the 9th week of the term I’m in and I’m hope to get this final project completed tonight so I can submit it to the writing center.  I want 100% on this thing and I know I can achieve it as I’ve gotten 90-100% on all but 2 of my assignments up to this point.

Today I resume working out…yes yes…which means I soon need to get to the grocery store so I can purchase some fresh produce and really dedicate myself to eating right and working out…I would like to drop ten pounds before my birthday which is actually fast approaching at only 24 days away!!! woo! I was originally going to travel to Philly for the big day but decided to stay at my current locale and save money while celebrating…so tomorrow I will start re-planning for my birthday…tho the birthday that really matters is next year…I have to get through this one to get to that one! I can but can’t wait as both my best friends will be coming in town to help me celebrate and they 2 will have hit the same mile before me…I’m so excited about it! There are just too many things that I’d like to do in this stage in my life!

¡pWrite…another day

 

I spent a good portion of the evening/night yesterday doing some serious planning which even included calendaring deadlines of when I want to get things done…Which means I have so much to get done.  I also research internship and found some that are paid and more than a few that are not paid and a few that did not say one way or the other.  I

plan to apply for them all 🙂 Meanwhile–I’m sitting in Starbucks because thanks to comcasts’ inability to effectively provide service (post Hurricane Irene) I am again without service.  Mind you the Hurricane passed through here days upon days ago and my service was only effected Sunday for a few hours now it’s back out!?! Please get it together soon

comcast–no one has time for these types of shenanigans on your behalf.  Anyhow–it’s time for me to touch up the cover letters for the internship positions and then it will be time to find a part time job. This all to get to where I ultimately want to be and that’s making money independent of any other fools.  I’m also excited to have only one more assignment for this quarter looming over my head and it’s half way done but she’s given us until Sept. 12th to turn it in and my will be a masterpiece of words by then!

¡pWrite…Life Adjustments

Clarity –“the quality of being clear in particular, the quality of coherence and intelligible” has fallen upon me…When I took this leap of faith and resigned from my job the only thing I had really figured out at that point was that I no longer wanted to work at my current place of employment.  Now that I’ve been out of work for just short of two months–I think the moment of clarity has finally hit.  Sometimes I need to “sit and wait” to figure things out–I think I had a lot of emotional healing that I needed to complete…some grief I had to experience…some frustration and of course more faith and patience.  I can now with a sound mind (not that it was not sound before) and conviction I have figured out the direction that I want to take my life in–as a graduate student.

School is amazing–I love to learn and realistically I would like to be able to not be stressed out because I’m working and going to school full time.  Not really how I want things to swing–so I think the best option for me at this point is to head down the path of an internship, something I never even considered in undergraduate school.  I would love to have a paid internship but if that is not plausible and I can find a part time or even temporary job then the internship not being paid would be fine.  So I’m now on a mission to find an internship–ironically one that is not in the legal field.  I think it’s time to further diversify myself and the best way I can think to do that is by branching out into other fields of my interest.  Who wants to have just a J.O.B? Not me–and being a paralegal is not my ultimate career goal.  It is but a mere stepping stone in getting to where I’ve dreamed to be since the age of three years old.

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted and I’m actually ashamed of myself.  I’ve got to be more disciplined in my writing. So I am not making this promise to myself to be more diligent in my writing.  Not that I am one to make excuses for behaviors or laziness I think in my not being certain of what I wanted to do next in life I was unable to be motivated.  However–I am now motivated! I’ve started planning for the next 6  months of my life–

Souls Pain

Deep in your soul
Pain so fresh it’s
Hard to ignore
But through it all
He holds onto
All control…

Through tears and
Sorrow—his amazing
Grace holds steady in
It’s place, try hard
To not ignore just
Stand and be still
For we all have pain

Through clenched teeth
Angry fist, eyes red
And fear, everyone hurts
At what cost do we
Choose to give in?
When if we just trust
And have faith, our
God, you know
Will heal all hurt

Up hill battles, down
Fall into prickly
Throttles, cuts bleed
Deep, but healing
Comes in the
Morning light

This piece was also inspired by one of Kirk Franklin’s songs from the Album “Hello Fear” –let it speak to your soul!