Poetry Corner:Reborn And Rising in Cameroon

By Renée Dugué-Strother *

Renée M. Dugué-Strother in Small Soppo,Buea, in the South West Region of Cameroon in February 2020

I am Reborn And Rising
You see me as the sun
My rebirth is evident
The ascension has begun

Wading in waters of our Motherland
Washing away old pain
Moving to Makossa melodies
Dancing in the Cameroon rain

Your home feels familiar to me
Your eyes your teeth look like mine
Your welcome was immediate
You’ve just been waiting all this time

Through time and space
To places unknown
Consistent lesson learned
All Roads…Home

Come home my son
Return my daughter
Come shine your light
Come bring us water
  ~Renée Dugué-Strother

*Mrs. Renée M. Dugué-Strother is a Healer, Artist, Writer, Humanitarian, Co-founder, and Executive Director of Reborn And Rising, a nonprofit based in Houston, TX, USA. This organization provides support to minority male child homicide survivors beyond the grieving period. Through music, art, education, entrepreneurial ventures, travel, and humanitarian efforts, with the support of dedicated mentors, “RISERS” are encouraged to discover their passions and explore tangible possibilities of making their dreams come true. Reborn And Rising’s desire is to empower youth to find strength in their experiences and rise above the pain to choose life after loss.

Reborn And Rising will continue to implement its Water Station Restoration Project 4 times annually. A long term partnership with Investing In People Worldwide (Buea) and Solid Fort Construction (Douala) has been established, and plans for the 3 remaining public tap rehabilitations this year are already underway. Reborn And Rising is committed to continuing to support the efforts of IPW, as Ruth Besong works tirelessly to ensure women and children’s rights are respected. Additional plans are also in progress, as Renée has identified that the boys and men of Cameroon are critically in need of assistance. Reborn And Rising will return in 2021 specifically to support them.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, she has resided in Houston, Texas since Hurricane Katrina devastated her hometown in August 2005. In 2007 after settling in Houston, nicknamed Space City, she started her own business. Pleasure Principal provides massage therapy, alternative, and holistic healing services. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Renée provides the opportunity for her clients to be heard, seen, fully accepted, supported, embraced, unconditionally loved, encouraged, inspired, and empowered to be who Our Creator is calling them to be. The goal is to experience healing through a deep, non-sexual intimate connection.

Renée’s spirit is as free as her mind is determined. The consummate seeker of light and insight; she encourages all to seek the pathological origins of their behavior. She provides support in identifying, accepting and ultimately appreciating every aspect of existence, as completely necessary to fulfill our divine purpose. She is laser-focused when achieving an objective, yet never forgets to laugh and love along the way.

She loves spending quality time with family and friends, as they enjoy what she considers life’s must-haves…lots of love, beaucoup laughs, tasty treats, and scrumptious sweets…while music that moves your soul plays on repeat.

*Watch out for her Cameroon Diaries series coming up soon

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