National Poetry Month | Vanessa Richardson

Vanessa, describe yourself for our visitors.

I am an author, poet, and playwright. I am an avid reader who loves to meet people inspirational people. I love helping people in any capacity that I can. I am a fan of classical and gospel music. I love going to the beach and just appreciating the beauty of life and all it has to offer.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I am always mindful of God. That is the way of it when you’re in love. When I wake up in the morning, He is on my mind. When I turn in for the night, He is on my mind. This connection has not always been so, my spiritual connection with God increased over the years after suffering through an unforeseen illness for seven years. He was and still is my guide and rock. For God I make the time.

Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?

Yes I do! Thank you for allowing me to do so 🙂 When a man’s ways please the LORD, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7)

Can you share a poem with us?

Simply Me”

I am simply me.
I have learned that it is alright to simply be me.
It is just too hard not to be.
It was your dance not “ours”  as it should’ve been and you lead me.
What’s wrong with my feet?
Wrong beat. Wrong dance.
Your beat is two.
Just two beats had me depending on you.
My beats was three.  Three beats and I was free to be me.
Hear me.
I am woman: Chosen for purpose.
Cheer me.
I am real.  I can feel.
I am real. I am healed.
If you like me, that’s well.
If you dislike me, it’s still well.
Your movements provided me with a testimony to tell.
I am still standing, strong and humble. God brought me from the backwoods.
Acceptance of me is finally embraced and understood.
By me.
Now I can truly say that I am loving me.
Humm, in retrospect there is nothing “simply”  about me.
I am fiercely and wonderfully made.
How simple.  Silly me.

Tell us about your current book of poetry.

I have a collection of poems that I will one day publish. As it stands now, viewers can read my poems on my website listed below. I have released my nonfiction inspirational titled The Certain Ones: You’re not forsaken. You’re Chosen for purpose, in which I share my personal journey of coping with infertility at 28 years of age due to catamenial pneumothorax, a condition of collapsed lung occurring in a 48-72 hours conjunction with menstrual periods. This condition affects 2%-3% of women. I write about how some are called and others are chosen for very special purposes. Some of us may or may not know the reason for the calling. In The Certain Ones I talk about being chosen for purpose. In spite of painful hardship that may arise in our lives i.e., sickness and rejection.

What’s next for you?

I am currently at work on my first Christian nonfiction novel titled: Love Found Me. I am intensely excited about this book. I am confident and prayful that readers are going to love it as well.  I am also at work on my next inspirational stage production slated to be performed sometime in the spring of this year.

Where can visitors find you online?

I would love for you to both visit and write me at:

  • www.vanessarichardson.com
  • www.myspace.com/soulful_words
  • thecertainonesblogspot.com