“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson

These words by Thomas Jefferson ring hollow and nugatory for many that live in these “United” States of America.  I have to believe if Jefferson lived in the hip-hop culture of the 21st-century the paraphrasing would be, “I don’t have to say much, you see what it is”.  Well, we are still waiting on equality to become a social norm, and unalienable rights are under attack from our very top branches of government. Now is a time of grand masquerades and  elaborate facades that threaten the very fabric of democracy. The visage of the Republic has changed immensely and detrimentally. The truths that Jefferson spoke sound almost as fanciful as mainstream fairy tales while holding all the gore of the Grimm Brothers.

However, I submit that my truths are self-evident. I acknowledge my imperfections, my fallibility, and my flaws.  My truth is that I will continue to plant my roots deep in fertile soil, and  stretch the branches of my potential to its zenith. In the Christian Bible, 7th chapter of Matthew, he writes “ A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” I hold my truths to be self-evident by my fruit. There is a beautiful cornucopia atop my personality holding my apples of authenticity,  plums of passion, grapes of growth, kiwis of knowledge, loquats of loyalty,   strawberries of spirituality, and much more.  This is my life, my liberty, and my pursuit of happiness.  All that I am, and all that I’m not are here for viewing; enjoy the orchard.  My soul is open….Welcome!

D.R. Daughters