I Do Believe

by Shirley J. Parker-McCoy



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 05/01/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781588201010

About the Book

I do believe;

The art of writing poetry is a unique and powerful means of expression, as it can soothe, titillate or excite the reader’s sensibilities in one or two stanzas. The collection of poems that I have selected for inclusion in this manuscript are the very essence of deep feeling, thought provoking literature that one could read over and over again and share with others.

The Manifestation of my Christian upbringing evidences itself and serves to strengthen my faith in God and in my fellowman. "I Do Believe" is not autobiographical but it could not have been written without the life experiences that I have witnessed and endured.

I started writing in 1980 but kept my poems and essays a secret from everyone. In 1984 I contracted spinal meningitis and as a result, suffered severe memory loss, some hearing loss and partial loss of manual dexterity.

About the Author

Born in Cleveland, Ohio August 8, 1936,
I am of African American descent.
I have been a member of the St. Mark Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio since 1947.

At the age of fourteen I went to work outside the home.
I was graduated from John Hay High School Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. I took courses in Psychology at Cuyahoga Community College and am a graduate of the William F. Bolger Management Academy, United States Postal Service. I have four (4) Children and twelve (12) Grandchildren.

I was in the work force for over thirty (30) years. At retirement, October 3, 1992, I was Branch Manager/Superintendent of Mails and Delivery for the United States Postal Service. I have traveled extensively through Europe; thrice to Germany, Paris, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Amsterdam, Canada, the Virgin Islands and the Continental United States.

I have been writing poems and essays since 1980.
Feeling that my poems were my personal spiritual expressions, I did not allow anyone to read them until 1992 when my Daughter, Jessica, encouraged me to do so.
I was further encouraged when I received and "Editor’s Preference Award of Excellence", on my first entry to a poetry contest.

My poems and essays have appeared in the following Anthologies and Magazines:
American Poetry Annual; American Poetry Anthology 1995; Voices of Many Lands; A Moment In time; Musings; Reflections; Best New Poems of 1994; Poetic Voices of America; Our Captured Moments; Who’s Who in Poetry; Best Poems of the ‘90s; A Muse To Follow; Best Poems Of 1996; Verses; Starburst; America at the Millennium (the best poems and poets of the 20th century); and others.

In 1996 I self-published a book of some of my favorite poems.

In 1999 my fact-based novel, titled ‘Daddy, where are we going?’ was published on the World Wide Web, through the international online library called 1st books and is now available in paperback at Barnes and Noble and all Borders Book Stores.

Awards: "Editor’s Preference Award of Excellence" for "Free to be me!" & "Prejudice;

"Editor’s Choice Awards" for:

"Why me Lord",

"I want to be selfish now!"

"Reminiscence" and "The


"Special Recognition Award"


Memberships include: National Author’s Registry; Distinguished Member, International Society of Poets; International Society of Author’s and Artists; National Writers Assoc.; The Poet’s Guild;

My goal is to publish short stories for teenagers
and preteens. I feel that our young black children
and indeed all children, need guidance and

encouragement from an inspirational point of view
that gives hope, self-confidence and a sense of pride
in who they are.

The rearing of my four Children and the very close relationship that I share with my twelve Grandchildren,

(I have legal guardianship of my two eldest Grandchildren), has afforded me the privilege of being totally involved in the lives, loves, joys, problems disappointments and accomplishments of the present day teen and young adult.

When We Share Our Thoughts With Others,

We Truly Give Of Ourselves