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Lana Brown "The Circle Dance"

A cycle of mundane activity and mindless conformity creates a recipe for self-sabotage. Poet, Lana Brown, examines the crippling impact of redundancy, regularity, and dependability in "The Circle Dance".

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.

"The Circle Dance"

That swirling mental  cyclone

The never ending pattern


Redundancy, Consistency

Regularity, Dependability


Like a Faithful Servant

To the Laws of Existence

In orbit

Being Stuck

Controlled by a Singular Law of Nature


Quicksand Blocks on the Feet

Held Steady

Due to the Lack of Will to Live….

 to Survive

A Tired Disposition

“Tuckered Out”

From being a Robot

Manipulated by Others

Unmotivated to Change Destiny

Navigation Set on that one Singular Path

Leading to Absolutely Nowhere

A Deadend

Help Wanted, Needed, Demanded

Waiting on God to Save 

The hour, the day, the life

What if He never comes?

Lana B. 



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