Here at UniqueVerses Publishing in District Heights, MD, my goal is to help people be more in touch with their spiritual and rational life. I strive to inspire people
through the works I publish.
Rickey K. Hood.
"Good Morning !! Rickey
I'm up reading your first book, with a cup of Coffee. They go together, Good Book, GOOD Coffee. A must read book.
Take My Hand Walk With Me.
Get in that comfortable sofa, wrap a blanket around your shoulder. Get a Hot cup of Tea and read this book."
“…u’ve got the gift 2
Gab, like Shakespeare, but black.”
"…you have become one of my favorite poets on here. I don’t Say that a lot. You have a touch for seeing into people insides just by the lines in their faces.”
Give me water
To ease my thrust
Fresh, cool, life-giving water
Pulled up from the deep well.
Give me water from the cursed ground
The hated ground, the spat on ground
Abused and misused ground
Throw the bucket in there, fill it up
Give me water that rains from on high
Living water that resurrects the earth
That brings forth the harvest
That refreshes the soul
I say again, “Give me water”
That I may bathe and baptize
Splash and play and be renewed
With every drawing from the well
Dreams and Reality
I'm a revolutionary
Who missed the revolution
It's by no fault of my own
It's all in the timing
When it came my time to serve
All the visible enemies had taken cover
And those before me retired
I never heard who won/ though I believe
It was not the revolutionaries
I was born too late
Too late to march with my people
During the time of:
Black and I'm proud
I remember those slogans though
I was too young to know
A revolution was going on
And the retired revolutionaries woke
From their revolutionary dreams
To find reality (they didn't bother to tell me)
Reality is a hard master
Dreamers have little place in its presence
King/ was a dreamer
Reality killed him
I think that's what happened to the revolution
We had too many dreamers
And not enough in reality
"The Lord of the heavens and earth and all
that is between them, if you (but) have faith
with certainty." Surah 44:7.
Faith is like the sun; there are days when one wakes up with faith brightly shining, a perfect day when nothing will seem to go wrong, but slowly and quietly clouds of life's realities begins rolling in and weaken the bright intensity of faith. The day becomes gloomy, dim and the light slowly fade. Later the wind and rain of hardships begin to pour down. Where then is the faith you begin with? Have the uncertainties of life taken it away? No, faith is there if you believe in Allah, bright and shining as ever. Faith is above the clouds, above the hardships above the storm as it rages. It rest and resides securely in the abode of the knowledge of God and His love for us. Faith shines knowing that Allah is always there.
Born in Charlotte, NC, Rickey K. Hood is proud to be a native of the Queen City. He is an award-winning poet as well as an essayist, playwright and performer whose works have been featured in various national and international publications. He has also written and produced a play performed at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Museum (And Still I Rise, the life and poetry of Maya Angelou).
He has written and performed original work for the Smithsonian Institution and has taught poetry lectures for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public libraries and Central Piedmont Community College.
Mr. Hood has been published in many anthologies such as Journey to Timbooktu, edited by Memphis Vaughan Jr.; Our Truth by Dr. Uplift; Main Street Rag, volume 6 #1; and Humanities in the South, Journal of the Southern Humanities Council #89. And magazines like: Key Stone 1997 Central Piedmont Community College student arts publication; Six issues of AMAG, INC. Awareness Magazine; and a former journalist for the Black Reign News. He has also been honored in the Marquis: Who’s Who in America 2001 and 2002 editions.
He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Associate in Arts degree of Central Piedmont Community College. He furthered his studies and attained several certifications in Islamic studies from Islamic Online University. He currently lives in the Washington D.C Metro Area.