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Cherish Yourself

from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 1 by Nhojj



About 4 years ago I had an experience in a class I convinced myself I needed to take.  The teacher, who was really just doing her job, had a reaction to me... the incident took me back to my early teenage years in the Caribbean… a time when people always seemed to have reactions to me.  

This incident was a powerful reminder for me… not everyone will appreciate all of me, and that's ok.  What is important is that I appreciate all of me, especially when it feels like others don't.  So when other people have reactions, I apply this poetic remedy...


She didn’t notice him at first, but then he turned, and the light bounced off his being, getting stuck in her vision like a spec of dust. Her eyes narrowed, recognizing something familiar… something distasteful.

Of course this wasn’t the first time. There had been many before her, mostly boys in men’s clothing, with that look of recognition in their eyes, trying desperately to squeeze that something out of him. They had used every trick in their books, teaching lessons they’d been taught about what was right and who was wrong.

This time it only took him 3 years… 3 years to feel his fingers and toes again… 3 years below ground to feel his heart beating… wildly at first, then more evenly, with each new breath. 3 years for him to remember his light always recognized, would not always be cherished.

So now, everyday as sun rises, bending light and shadow round table and chair, he writes in his journal, reads books from his shelf, and recites the words “cherish yourself.”


from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 1, track released July 22, 2017
Written & performed by Nhojj
Contains sample of "Waiting for You" by Nhojj


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Nhojj Orlando, Florida

Singer/songwriter and poet wading through the rivers of R&B, soul, jazz, and reggae.

My intention is to create sonic spaces where you can experience yourself through the lens of love and acceptance.

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