Running Into Time by Crystal Mayo I ain’t running out of time I’m running into it Heart on the 12 ambitions on the second hand My hustle, My drive controls the winding disposition My words Sweet Dark Raw Gritty Black girl narratives Embedded in every second It is my voice that splashes in the rhythm of each tick tock My vision that submerges in the rhyme of Of each synchronized beat I ain’t running out of time I’m running into it Head on Eye to eye Toe to toe Streaming down my face are phonemes That blend themselves into puddles of prose I ain’t running out of time Time runs through me Surging through my veins and capillaries Overflowing into cups of creativity Never empty My Voice is the descendant of decades My words are my legacy for centuries Soaked with pen and paper I write myself…... Into herstory
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Crystal D. Mayo is a Native New Yorker who resides in Stamford Ct. She is a published writer, actress , educator and storyteller. Her repertoire of writing spans from memoirs and poetry to children’s literature. Her literary contributions have been published in several anthologies including, Our Voices, Our Stories, The Bronx Memoir Project Volume III, IV and V and African Voices. Her most acclaimed performance, Teaching Me A Lesson was featured in at the Caveat theater this summer with the Generation Women ensemble in New York City. Crystal’s memoir, “Wicked Blues” is featured in this year’s Connecticut Literary Anthology 2021. When she is not writing she serves as a mentor for the New York based organization, Girls Write Now, and can be seen performing her latest spoken word and writing prompts on the virtual mic stage of the NYC Coalition for Writers.
Crystal holds a Masters in elementary education and is the founder and artistic director of My Daughter My Legacy. This entrepreneur’s mission statement is to empower youth to discover their voice and vision through literacy and the arts. She teaches students how to write and perform spoken word in addition to highlighting children’s books and curriculum ideas for teaching.
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