Denise Lewis Patrick

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On Visiting Ireland, 2015

August 3, 2015

Tags: Poetry, History, Travel

Dun Laoghaire
On my second month-long visit to Counties Cork, Kerry, and the environs of Dublin, I was struck by the parallels I began to see and feel between certain experiences in African American history and Irish history. Consider the sight of the vast Atlantic for the very first time, from two very different points of view:

Omega and Alpha


Nothing but the water.
Darkness before me,
shadows beside me.
Everything, everything
Nothing but the water,
and the edge of the world.


Nothing but the water.
Last hopes before me,
Saints beside me.
Everything, everything
Nothing but the water,
and the dawn of the world.

Copyright 2015 by Denise Lewis Patrick.

Selected Works

Middle Grade
When Melody takes on the challenge of beautifying her beloved neighborhood, she learns about friendship, family, and being a leader.
In 1960s Detroit, music-lover Melody Ellison learns to lift her voice for justice and equality.
Reesie Boone, her family, friends and home town of New Orleans endure and survive Hurricane Katrina.
Y/A Historical Fiction
From the shores of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic ship to a voting booth in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is A Matter of Souls.
"Word to the Wise," included in an amazing anthology of poetry for children.
Historical Fiction
Cecile Amelie Rey is a free girl of color in 1850's New Orleans. It's an exciting time in her life-- when she meets a new friend, unexpected adventures begin!
Find out how Cecile learns to deal with some difficult problems, and learns a lot about her own strengths.
Every person is special, Cecile learns. But what, exactly, is the gift she has to offer her family and her beloved city of New Orleans?
“In a voice strong and true, Patrick’s narrator easily carries the story, winning readers; hearts…”
Kirkus Reviews
Picture Book
“This heartwarming story is just right for intergenerational sharing.”
–School Library Journal