A POEM FIT FOR A QUEEN ~ Queen Latifah

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A POEM FIT FOR A QUEEN
A Tribute to Queen Latifah
By Gary Lloyd James

I take my hat off to you, Queen, for all that you have accomplished
For years you have been a pioneer in the arts, now,
you are well established

To say you are a role model would be an understatement
This poem was not written only as a compliment
But to pay homage to your success and achievements
When I think of the road you have traveled it has inspired me to write
About what makes you tick, your passion, and your keen insight

Looking at your life’s story from behind the music
Has given me the chance to write on this interesting topic
I see in your lyrics that you are conscious about today’s youth
And there is no doubt that in your songs
they can always find truth
You often spoke of family
and how close you were to your brother

While I am on the subject, I would like to give honor to your mother 
For molding a mind that creates
so many uplifting musical messages
 
No one can say that you did not make a way, or create a passage
Where young men and women can achieve success
If they are willing to put the work in, and do their best  
 

Thanks to you, many possibilities are there for whosoever will take them
I am trying to encourage young people to make better use of their time
Before it ends

With you breaking new ground and doing it with style and grace
No matter what your critics say, in the minds of today’s youth,
you will always be in first place
Every generation has their favorite pioneer,
Queen, you are ours in this era

When we look throughout history, we found there never was,
and never will be,
another Queen Latifah.

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