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Gifts From Above Written by Dawn Iva DeBerry-Wright Edited by Mr. Lynn Gipson Copyright 2013 ISBN # 978-09840379-8-8 All rights reserved. Published in the United States of America by Blackcurrant Press. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Blackcurrant Press Company.

Printed in the United States of America February 2014

THE INSPIRATION: Dawn Iva’s love for expressing her experiences is a true gift from God and she is able to share it with all through writing. Her writings of fiction and non-fiction are positive, and heartfelt. This has afforded her to become a known Poet Laureate amongst her peers, her church family and the Veterans she cares for at the Manhattan Veterans Administration, where she has worked for 30 years.

Gifts From Above written by Dawn Iva DeBerryWright

TABLE OF CONTENTS POETRY FROM THE HEART AND SOUL 1. 2. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 17. 19. 20. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46.

A Gift From Above After The Crying All In One Year America’s Leading Hypocrites American’s Must Respect Each Other, Regardless of Race, Creed or Color By His Stripes Call Jesus Challenges Educate Our Young Ever Since the Day We Met Fall My Friend My First True Love My Joy, My Pain My Man God Remembers and He Knows The Golden Key Help Us Lord I Will Always Remember 9/11/01 Life’s Thanksgiving Lonely Love Is Love, Trust, and Understanding Passing Elegance The Pervade of My Heart Please Lord Grant Me Gifts Rest Yourself Spring Joy Thank You For Caring Thanksgiving Time, Time, Time A Vision of Truth Well Done What the American Flag Means To Me When I Look Into Your Eyes When We’re Apart Window of the Soul My Wish Unconditional Bliss Writing, Reciting, and Delighting in Poetry


48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54 55 56 57 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76.

Adrina Angel Voice Anthony’s Prayer Babies Benjamin Wright Jr. Birth Cainella and Abella Darryl Lee Dawn Iva DeBerry Dental Assistant’s Emanuel Family Father’s Day My Father, My Daddy My Father and Mother-in-Law The Gatekeeper Grammy, We Love You Juanita F. James Mr. Lynn Marquita’s Journey Mothers Nieto (Grandson) Our Pastor Prayer Proverb Valerie Moore Shamdu Our Veterans Women

TABLE OF CONTENTS BALLAD POETRY FROM THE HEART FICTION AND NON-FICTION 78. Because I Gained Weight 80. Black Faces 82. Black Is The Face Of Our Motherland Past 84. The Gigolo 86. Hola! Mi Nombre Es La Cocaina 89. Imagination 91. A Message To A Junkie 93. A Muslim Pimp 103. T’was the Christmas the Government Wanted 107. A Visit From Mr. Nick 111. You Don’t Walk In My Shoes 113. You Just Don’t Qualify





A GIFT FROM ABOVE I know now my Love. I know now you were sent from above. Time will tell what both of us feel, but until then, I’ll think of this love as more than just real.

Every morning I wake-up, it feels like you’re right by my side, and I’d be praying you haven’t grown wings, and flown the blue outside.

So since you are attracted to me and sent to me from the God we both Love. I’ll always think of you my Love, as a precious gift from above.■


Dawn Iva

“AFTER THE CRYING” So now what?!... What happens after the crying and after the pain??? What have we learned??? What have we gained???

Is it knowledge to teach one, and be an example each day!? Or do we let sinful pride seep into our souls and lock us away***… Do we say to our loved ones, “Honey, I tell you this from my heart, because I love you and I know”… Or do we go about our busy schedules as we always do, like things can only happen on a T.V. show***…

So now what?!... What happens after the crying and after the pain??? What have we learned??? What have we gained???


Dawn Iva

THE WRITER: Born Dawn Iva DeBerry in Bronx New York grew up in Brooklyn. She is an accomplished Singer, Songwriter, Toastmaster and Trumpeter, playing with the famed Jazz Band Group of the 70’s Brass Construction, where she and her classmates graduated from the high school Thomas Jefferson, in East New York, Brooklyn. Dawn Iva loves to teach and volunteer her time giving back to Gods people what he has given to her. She has remarkably put herself through college at a late age in her life after single parenting her two children and being the caretaker for many of her family members and friends. She has her degree in Community Health and Counseling, and will soon continue furthering her education, with more experiences to write about, because God is allowing the journey to continue.


Gifts from Above  

This book is a collection of poetry from the Author’s heart and soul. A book that perhaps anyone can identify with. This book contains man...

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