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Lana Brown "Happy Feelings"

Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Magnolia Literacy Project Spotlight: Lana Brown Series

Writer and educator, Lana Brown (a 26-year veteran in public education), inspires her audience to actively pursue dreams, moving beyond fear and other barriers. Note her pattern of neologisms to emphasize faith and determination.

Brown is a graduate of Alcorn State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications; a Master of Arts in Secondary English Education; and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in Reading and Gifted Education. She also holds a Specialist in Education degree in Psychometry from Jackson State University. An instructor in gifted education with the Natchez Adams School District, Brown was selected by the Mississippi Department of Education to be a member of the ELA/Literacy High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) Review Team in the fall of 2020.

"Happy Feelings"

Happy Feelings

Inspire me to begin a new day

Leaving the troubles of yesterday,

A thing of the past


To have dreams that I can wake up feeling

Unburdended, self-forgiven, unbroken

Emancipated from my sins


Unafraid to tackle a new day

Bending into the wind

Rather than repelling it

A symbiotic relationship

Mutual understanding


Determined like a general

Planting a stake of ownership on this date

Rather than the foot soldier

Simply taking orders, robotically

On a mission,


Having boldly stated to the world

Today is MY day to make things happen!

The plot has been written,

The setting is here and now

The acclamation is made

The rest is simply execution


Onward March,

The path is goldly illuminated

Leading straight to the thrown of a King

Guiding and Testing me

Can’t ever achieve perfection

One had to die trying

Following His footsteps

As best I can

God fearingly

Got me in my feelings,

My happy feelings

Blessing me with a renewable policy

New life and opportunities every day

It lasts a lifetime

Only cost,


Best deal I ever made



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