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Lana Brown "Shaded Destiny"

Stagnation and complacency are central themes in Lana Brown's poem, "Shaded Destiny". Her details show the dire consequences of inactivity.

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. A retired 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.

"Shady Destiny"

Is the Manifestation of Who I Am

Who if I am stagnant

I will Become

That tree that just stays planted


Rotten to the Core

Yielding No Fruit


Spreading to Infinity

No Legacy

Blocked from Productivity

Plagued with Negative Energy

Dead to the World

A Selfish Prodigy


Lana B.


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