A University View Academy Student gets a chance to see her name in print this fall as a published poet.  Talayah Thomas of Belle Rose was recognized by The America Library of Poetry for her work called “Mutiny’s Manipulation.”  The poem will be published in a group of works by students entitled “Expressions.”  The compilation will feature only a select group of student poems. 

“I’ve been writing poetry since I was 12.  I didn’t think much of it then.  What changed my thinking of my writing was when I entered the poetry division contest for Junior National Beta Club.  That year, I placed first for the very first time in my school’s history,” she stated.   She says she gets her inspiration from God.  “I’m not just putting words on a paper.  I’m preaching to generations,” she offered.

“Muntiny’s Manipulation” is a comment on Rap Musicians: 

They say rap is the Devil’s music.

I didn’t understand it when I was younger, but today I thank God that I knew it.

These artists are out here promoting the Devil’s influence

In alliance with what the other industries are doing

They say birds of a feather

Flock together

“One nation under God”

The Holy Trinity

They mock together

Mounted on an unholy stock together

Allowing the Devil to run the nation like John D. Rockefeller

And seducing innocent souls while singing Acapella

But those who are spiritually blind can’t see

Not legally blind

But spiritually at defeat

They think souls grow on trees

The more money-hungry they become

The less they see

Instead of focusing on God

Their souls are attached to receipts

Seventeen-year-old Talayah could also win a prize in the Library of Poetry 2021 Poetry Contest.  Awards include a laptop computer, tablet, or iPod touch, “Schools Out” shopping spree, Amazon Gift Cards, and the grand prize of $500 cash and a Certificate of Achievement.   

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