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Lana Brown "Thank You Ever So Much"

On a Saturday morning, while sitting in a Natchez, Mississippi, nail salon waiting for a pedicure, Lana Brown, eagerly anticipated the simple blessing awaiting her and was moved to write this poem. The title is motivated by her mother, Leonia Bradley, who took a seat on the throne of ancestors in July 2021. Mrs. Bradley believed firmly in verbalizing gratitude for all acts of kindness bestowed upon her, frequently using the expression, "Thank You Ever So Much".

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.

"Thank You Ever So Much"

For the air I breathe

And the blessings that I receive

In my sinful state of being

For the opening of my eyes

To enjoy beautiful landscapes,

Precious faces, foreign places,

Although I am cursed

For sun that rises

Shining on me, lighting my path, warming my skin,

reminding me each day is new

With You

Because of the promises

that You keep

Because of Your Son

Who You watched die

Dying for generations of sinners

infinite numbers of sins

For a wretch like me

Abundantly grateful

state of mind

Lottery winnings, tax refunds, casino winnings, heir to millions

Billions of dollars

No amount of pesos

Ever amounting to


A last stand

The Supreme Sacrifice

never to be repeated

A Showdown with the devil

The Gift that never stops Giving


Thank You Ever So Much


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