Ivan Brooks Sr

Gold Star - 4,909 Points (September 6.1967 / Monrovia, Liberia)

My Dues Are Paid - Poem by Ivan Brooks Sr

I came directly from through the ranks
All my dues paid, my homage to life
To my God alone all my humble thanks
For bread I slice with prayer knife.

I came strictly from my very own hood
All of my dues I paid through my strife
To mama dear for prayers and our food
For all she sacrificed to save my life.

I came humbly from a very blessed home
All my dues are paid through my chores
To charity, It said take and leave some
For all I learned I am beyond my shores.

I came strongly ready to join the hustle
My dues paid with my years of readiness
To poverty, a real caveat for my struggle
For I've persevered through steadfastness.

Topic(s) of this poem: homage

Form: Rhyme Royal or Rime Royale


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Our roots, our hoods, our homages and our dues are all a part of our upbring..

Comments about My Dues Are Paid by Ivan Brooks Sr

  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (9/6/2017 8:41:00 PM)

    Rich flow of thought. A well texted and nicely thought-out poem. It touched my heart. Thanks for sharing Ivan and do remain blessed. (Report)Reply

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(9/7/2017 1:51:00 AM)

    Thanks Chinedu, you've always made me feel like I'm almost there.

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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (7/12/2017 7:08:00 AM)

    You can be proud that you have paid all your dues.... except to God! Such a thought can keep your head so high! Well penned Ivan! (Report)Reply

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(7/13/2017 12:30:00 PM)

    Thanks for your kind words Valsa...Kindly read '' Simpson And Delala ''

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  • Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks (6/19/2017 7:31:00 PM)

    It was a big surprise that this poem was chosen as ''Poem Of The Day''..I had no idea that when I penned the story of my humble beginning through poetry, a community of great minds would've chosen it as poem of the day. Thanks to all of you great poets who gave it your honest thoughts or expressed you likes and dislike, you all I appreciated! (Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/18/2017 10:59:00 PM)

    For bread I slice with prayer knife.
    Superb conceptualization. Congrats on the poem of the Day.
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    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 7:00:00 PM)

    Thanks Ratnakar!

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 6:07:00 PM)

    ''Poem of the day'' is both complementary and somehow a blessed flattery..for I pray to become like you great poets out there.Thanks!

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/18/2017 7:54:00 PM)

    Such an interesting poem... well-expressed... a highest 10+++++
    You may visit my HEARTACHES WILL NEVER LAST and TAKE TIME TO THINK.... Congrats on being chosen...Thanks, Ivan....
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    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 7:03:00 PM)

    Thanks Bernard...I am surely going to read yours.

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  • Rini ShibuRini Shibu (6/18/2017 8:25:00 AM)

    Good write..congratulations for poem of the day (Report)Reply

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 7:04:00 PM)

    Thanks Rini!

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/18/2017 6:36:00 AM)

    Very nice. Paying back what you have received with hard work. Life is like that. You have to keep balance sheet zero when it is time to depart. Liked it. Congratulations for poem of the day. (Report)Reply

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 7:05:00 PM)

    Thanks sir!

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  • Mira KuznetsovaMira Kuznetsova (6/18/2017 5:09:00 AM)

    Interesting! Thank you! For me not enought the rhyme, but I am not a professional)) (Report)Reply

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 7:07:00 PM)

    Sure..Neither am I, thank though!

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  • Tom Allport (6/18/2017 3:33:00 AM)

    a very inspirational poem of a life well paid for through years of tears and strife all in order to live ultimately their own very inspirational life? ...................superbly written Ivan. (Report)Reply

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 7:40:00 PM)

    Thanks Tom!

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/18/2017 3:01:00 AM)

    It is thanks to the humble beginning as well as the background which brought the ultimate satisfaction to the protagonist. Hence, the credit goes 'To poverty, a real caveat for my struggle' Thanks a lot. (Report)Reply

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 7:38:00 PM)

    Thanks Rsjnish

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/18/2017 2:56:00 AM)

    Directly! Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

    Ivan BrooksIvan Brooks(6/19/2017 7:13:00 PM)

    Thanks Edward!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 20, 2017


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