Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ Comes to mind when I think of Jah Smalls.
I recently got to hear the local Charlotte poet speak during a fashion show I attended.
One of his poems was from his soon to be published book dedicated to his teenage daughter, who was going through a bout of depression.
As a father, he wanted to do anything he could to pull her out of the deep, dark hole he was all to familiar with.
Feeling helpless, he did the only thing he knew to do…write to her a note.
101 notes to be exact.
His daughter realized these words can help others, like it helped her.
Not everyone has a doting daddy like she has. So she’s willing to share hers with the world.
So early 2020 Jah will be releasing the book ‘101 Love Notes From Dad’.
Writing is as therapeutic to him as reading it is to her.
In fact, he teaches creative writing to those going through the challenges of mental illness.
After surviving near fatal gunshot wounds, Jah Smalls has worked hard to come out of the darkness of depression and PTSD. Through his writing and helping others he has found this form of therapy works best for him.
‘I love thee with the passion put to use
and with my childhood’s faith
Yes these words written in the 1800’s still ring true today with Jah Smalls.
A love so deep you can count on it.