Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris



Hello and thank you for visiting my blog!  My name is Farah Lawal and I am an actress, performer, and writer.  My work as a creative artist has primarily been through theatrical performance.  I am still in a stage of my writing where I feel funny calling myself a “writer” and I chuckle at the thought of labeling myself a “poet.”  I look forward to the day when I will feel comfortable using those two titles with as much confidence as I do when I introduce myself as an actress.

My writing started off as a free-writing exercise for myself.  I had thoughts to get out, so I started writing every day.  I also wanted to work on expanding my imagination because I found myself stagnant.  From my free-writes came poems.  This wasn’t intentional, but poems started to flow from my thoughts.  And once I started writing, I couldn’t stop.  In the summer of 2008, I committed to writing every single day and that is when my blog was born.

Here you will find my poems.  They are a journey of my mind, so welcome!  Please feel free to leave feedback–I love to know how my poems affect people or what reactions they get from reading my words.  I can also be contacted by email at pearlsfrompain@gmail.com.

If you would like to learn more about me, please visit my website at www.FarahLawal.com.

Be blessed!

13 responses

  1. Sheri Whitt

    Farah- by now I hope you have heard from many who were gathered at the conference last week about how impacted they were by your poem. I was very pleased to share it with the participants and received many comments afterwards about how it touched people. I hope you will continue to write and to share yourself with the world! Take good care. All the best to you. Sheri

    September 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm

  2. Farah, I am one of those people your poem touched at the recent conference that Sheri Whitt mentioned. Thankyou so much for sharing! I am an avid supporter of poetry too, and welcome poems from our youth which I use in our various outcome reports and program descriptions. Art heals. So keep up the great work. In addition to my profession, I’m a poet too and like to network, so you can check out my website too at DaneCervine.typepad.com. All the best to you.

    September 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm

  3. Wow, that is awesome to hear. I am glad that you both were touched by my writing. I will check out your website, Dane.

    September 15, 2008 at 11:43 pm

  4. geenoh

    Farah: I’ve had you listed on my blogroll ever since I stumbled across your work from another WordPress site. I don’t want t give false praise, but I really am impressed by the energy and the emotion that you evoke with every new post. It’s obvious that you turn your insides out when you write… your work is strong, emotional, visceral… like a punch to the gut. There’s no mistaking that it comes from someplace within you that can grab a reader and pull them into your world…

    you rock.


    October 26, 2008 at 3:04 am

  5. Geenoh,

    Thank you so much. Your words mean more than you’ll ever know.


    October 26, 2008 at 3:24 am

  6. Tamara Wade

    Farah, you are a complete Godsend. You are a wonderful young woman and I thank the lord for having met you. Wonderful work. You are such an inspiration to all.

    November 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm

  7. Thank you, Tammy! Much love…

    November 7, 2008 at 1:51 am

  8. malcolmjames

    You are a writer and a poet of such grace and insight and incisiveness that I wonder if I
    on stage
    if I’d be overwhelmed by your talent in that arena.

    If you are half on stage what you are on page, then

    May 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

  9. Mr. Furst,

    if i could be half on stage
    what i am on page,
    i am not sure if i would have the need
    for poems.

    you see, the true me is so scary,
    a sight not to be looked at with unprotected eyes,
    like Moses staring at God for the first time;
    so instead of revealing my true self in person,
    i write.
    and in that writing,
    there is so much room and space to be me
    that my honesty starts dancing
    without caring who’s looking.

    i mean,
    i get into a groove
    to an ever-changing beat in my own head–
    forget two-stepping!
    i move in free verses still i start sweatin,
    til my permed hair starts thickening
    or my afro starts shrinking
    or my weave starts frizzing;
    til the winding of my waist becomes dizzying;
    til i’m the last one on the floor
    and lights are being turned out
    and janitors start mopping around my feet.

    and all that is left is poetry.
    and reality.
    and all of me.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  10. Pingback: All of Me « Pearls From Pain

  11. Caddo Veil

    Hello, Farah–I wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you’re unfamiliar, please visit my blog for details, etc! God Bless!

    December 2, 2011 at 12:47 am

    • Wow! Thanks so much!

      March 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

  12. Hi Farah,

    You’ve got good poems up here. I’m gladly folllowing.

    I enjoy your site and now would like to kindly invite you to visit mine. I hope you have a joyful ride there! 🙂

    Thank you and have a lovely weekend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    May 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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